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    Fate Disfavors You

    FDU★★: Arrival At Kotaekōruyama Shrine [Continuation From: The Harrowing Recess] ___________________  ... RYŪNOSUKE came to a sudden halt as the remnants of a green luminescence flickered beneath his feet. He stood on the front Sandō path, which led directly to the main shrine hall. There was no mistaking Sanetoki's menacing presence. Ryūnosuke could feel the suffocating intensity of the enemy's ominous Reiatsu; and the teenager was forced to raise his own to nearly its peak just to advance freely through the pulsating thrashes of force. The flow of his own Spiritual Power was not as dramatic as Sanetoki's; the physical indications of the teenager's elevated Reiatsu seemed currently isolated to a fiery orange glow in his eyes. As the Tengu-masked teenager paced forwards, he noted that the others had not arrived yet, however, with his sensory abilities no longer restricted by Tomoe's Mist he could clearly detect that they were close and would be arriving promptly; Connor, Oriru, and one other formidable presence that was not familiar to the Tengu-masked teenager. Ryūnosuke took a final step into the courtyard of the oratory hall and twirled his bat once in his right hand as he glared at the main entrance and waited for the others. Ryūnosuke did not stand idly, as he waited he recounted his last encounter with Sanetoki, mainly hoping to glean what little information he could from the pitiful defeat. While the teenager in no way claimed the defeat as his own --after all it had been Tomoe's inept use of his possessed body that charged mindlessly at the middle-aged man-- he still felt personally obligated to return the favor simply on the principle that it was his body that Sanetoki clobbered. The teenager sucked his teeth and then twirled his bat repeatedly in anticipation. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [STATS] ______________________________ WC|285 -----
  2. Welcome to BSE's ORP Community Reiatsu Ranking. Now the RP is largely about growing your own character's Reiatsu and soaring to the top of the ranks. It's a long and enjoyable journey that we all embark on. Sometimes it takes the lifetime of more than one character to happen, and others will reach the peak of the Power Ranks in just one go. However long or many journeys it takes all characters ascend the ranks in the same way; Word Count. The Community Reiatsu is no different. As we all climb together through this new ranking system there will be rewards and bonuses to obtain and enjoy along the way. HOW DOES IT WORK? CONTRIBUTOR BADGES: Contributor Badges are a unique token of gratitude gifted to the highest contributors to the ORP Community Reiatsu Ranking. While they don't grant any role-play or real world rewards at the moment, they are a sort of bragging right. They feature your personal RP Character and you can display they anywhere you like. Each month the person with the highest WC contribution is eligible to receive a badge. COMMUNITY REIATSU REWARD LEVELS CHAPTER 1: POTENTIAL [07/20/2019 - ] CHAPTER 2: PESTILENCE [TBD] RP COMMUNITY POWER RANKING WEEK 31 [02-15-2020] - 19,605 Reiatsu Growth -1,054,085 CONTRIBUTORS Tamura Ryūnosuke ★ | 117,005 - [Community Helper Achievement Unlocked] 01/11/2020 Oriru Kushō ★ | 115,330 - [Community Helper Achievement Unlocked] 01/18/2020 Connor Knight ★ | 104,465 - [Community Helper Achievement Unlocked] 01/18/2020 Xarius Kaeru ★ | 99,955 Otoya | 74,850 Yuroshima Sergei Hoshiko | 72,045 San Salvatore | 61,610 Tsukishima Higurashi | 55,945 Hizorashi Masato | 50,485 Yamashiro Gazami | 40,815 Arthur Wright | 38,650 Zenaku Shiba | 18,515 Hemion Vespassi | 16,510 Tenjinsai Bushinji | 15,920 Thomas Treynor | 15,315 Nariko Mizushima | 13,275 Möröödögch | 9,340 Aya Isamu | 8,090 Dante Hirako | 7,290
  3. Rash ラシュ

    The Harrowing Recess

    ENW 24: The End Of The Night Of Wailing ----- ___________________  ... RYŪNOSUKE grunted as he deactivated Asōruto Ando Batarī. He turned away from Egriffiend as she roared in her final mindless charge towards the Shinigami Captain. "Nothing left to see here.", he murmured, hung his bat over his right shoulder, started walk away; back in the direction from which they came. The teenager raised his left arm and gave the group a thumbs-up after he felt Egriffiend's Reiatsu fade away; signifying that she'd finally been slain at the hands of Oriru. "Nice kill, Captain Oriru." The Tengu-masked teenager cheered before he lowered his arm. Ryūnosuke didn't have the luxury of reflecting on his feelings about Tomoe's fate, even despite the deep connection he shared with the spirit for a time. Much later on --at a more suitable time-- the teenager would acknowledge his remorse and sympathy for the spirit. Although her intentions did no absolve her of the pain and suffering she caused through her selfish manipulation, as a young man trapped in the shackles of his own mistakes and regrets, Ryūnosuke understood how Tomoe ended up as she did. In fact, hers was a cautionary tale to the teenager; a warning of what could potentially become of him at the time of his own death. While he couldn't say for certain, he doubted he'd be in a dissimilar position to Tomoe. Still, he wholeheartedly accepted that Tomoe's death was necessary and should the time come when he was the "Egriffiend" the Tengu-masked Fullbringer expected to be dealt with in the very same way. Those were all the retrospective thoughts for when the teenager had the time to sit down and reflect on the Night of Wailing. In the moment Ryūnosuke's frame of thought was narrowed down to the simple facts: they killed Tomoe because they had to. By killing Tomoe they'd saved themselves and hundreds of others. A Demi-Hollow was still a Hollow, was still a threat. Ryūnosuke's objective hadn't changed at all, ending the Night of Wailing was just another mission successfully accomplished. Another black dot with a circle around it on the Professor's office map. There was nothing more to it, there couldn't be more to it, not yet. Not while Sanetoki was still a threat. "Connor... Oriru, I need a moment to check on my team...", Ryūnosuke paused as his mind raced with anticipation of the dangerous battle to come. "After that we kill this bastard Sanetoki." Next addressed Masato Hizorashi, while the man had most certainly carried his weight and Ryūnosuke had no doubt in his abilities, the teenager --and he assumed the others, including Hizorashi himself-- understood fully that Sanetoki was not the caliber of foe Hizorashi could battle, especially not in the presence of the crushing Reiatsus of Ryūnosuke, Connor, and Oriru as well as Sanetoki's to top it all off. Besides, someone needed to stay behind and make sure all the humans were evacuated and Hizorashi seemed good with people... at least most of the time. "Hizorashi-san, sorry to throw stack your plate, but I'm leaving the situation here to you for now. Some more kids with masks will be here to help in a bit. We'll make it up to you, old man, I promise!" Ryūnosuke vowed just as a green light flickered beneath his feet and he disappeared. The leader of WILD'S regrouped with his teammates moments later. Their very short reunion lasted only long enough for Houo to heal both Ryūnosuke and Chizuru's wounds with her Fullbring, Taimu Hīruzu. Afterwards, Ryūnosuke left his team with the instructions to assist in the evacuation effort while Houo watched over a still unconscious Chizuru. Ryūnosuke then bee-lined for the shrine hall there he would join the others or await their arrival. FIN. --------------------------- [Left Thread] [Next Appearance In: Fate Disfavors You] ______________________________ WC|620 ----- OOC|Unlocked Achievement: [Survivor of The Night of Wailing (2): Special Reward for those who completed the Night of Wailing Halloween Event (2019-2020) #18 [NOT EVEN CLOSE, BABY (3): Win a battle against a Role-Player or P-Controlled NPC where you have less than 1500 ND.
  4. Rash ラシュ

    Announcements

    Live Changes 02/15/2020 - Visionary "Mind's Eye" Update: Mind's Eye Strike is still a bit on the weaker side because it's so hard to set up and there is no guarantee it will succeed. So, these changes should help it out a bit. Visionary are also expected to have an advantage in countering Seals/Grapples so look out for that whenever it goes up. "Mind's Eye Strike": "After Landing Three Critical Hits the Visionary can attempt a Mind's Eye Strike. Mind's Eye Strike Hits For Attack Value (x8)." Allows the user to execute a single Empowered Critical Hit after landing 3 Direct Hits on a target within 4 turns. The Visionary gains access to Mind's Eye Strike which is a Critical Hit that does x8 Attack Value. Mind's Eye Strike cannot be Dodged. Cosmetics is left to the discretion of the RP'er. - Seals & Grappling: General outline for both is set up but I still need some time to iron it out. I'll mostly be working on Ability Kits this week. So if you need something looked at get yourself on the Ability Approval List if you aren't on there already.
  5. Rash ラシュ

    Welcome To WILD'S

    020: On The Crucible Of Fate PRT 2 ----- ___________________ ... RYŪNOSUKE watched the man who identified himself as "The Professor" sit in the leather chair behind the desk. Just as he'd noted the man's outward appearance, the teenager also remarked the Professor's dull manner of speech and even his posture. It was all very pedestrian. A complete contrast to Ms Sato. Admittedly, Ryūnosuke's first impression of the Professor was unflattering, but the teenager was conscious not to judge too harshly. He simply thought the man was average and uninteresting, not the kind of person he'd expect to be at the helm of a secret supernatural organization. He didn't believe his opinion to be defamatory but the fact that it was an unfair assumption to make was not completely lost on the teenager. "Please, have a seat.", the Professor insisted with an open hand gesture towards the chair opposite to his own. "Thank you." Ryūnosuke responded as he sat down again and faced the man directly. The Professor gave an unassuming smile as he did what Ryūnosuke guessed was a brief study of his appearance and demeanor. Intriguingly, the duration of the man's stare seemed meticulous and calculated. It lasted long enough for his intentions to be obvious and short enough to not be awkward. Whether or not that had been intentional or purely a coincidence the teenager would never know. The Professor interlocked his fingers over his desk and finally broke the silence. "So, Tamura-kun. I can only imagine how many questions you must have, before we go any further I want to assure you we're prepared to answer all of them for you to the best of our ability.", the Professor explained warmly. "Thanks, I'd appreciate that." Ryūnosuke acknowledged with a bow of his head. Based on the man's tone, Ryūnosuke intuited that that was merely the Professor's opening statement, so the teenager left his response at that and allowed the Professor to continue. "Oh, certainly... and we appreciate you coming, really." The Professor nodded and glanced at Kiyoku who smiled in agreement. "So..." The professor addressed the teenager again, "I guess our first question for you is why did you come?", he asked. Ryūnosuke paused and reflected on the question. It wasn't that he didn't know or was unsure of his answer, he simply found it odd that the Professor was asking for it. He thought his reasons were obvious, the Professor had basically stated them himself just seconds before. Ryūnosuke chuckled nervously, he figured maybe the question was rhetorical but the moment of silence and the still gaze of the Professor upon him alerted the teenager that the Professor was in fact expecting an answer. "Uh-" Ryūnosuke blinked with a light shake of his head and cleared his throat. "Well, it's like you said, I have a lot of questions and... and the note-", he started to reach into his pocket, "The note I got from your guys.. I guess... It said to come here if I wanted answers." Ryūnosuke chuckled again. "So, here I am... because I want answers." The Professor's gaze remained fixed on the teenager before he responded with a monotone, "I see." Ryūnosuke wasn't clear on what to think of that response and he was beginning to suspect the Professor perhaps harbored some suspicions of his own. "I don't understand. Is that a problem?", the teenager questioned. There was a sharpness in his tone that he saw the Professor no doubt noted. He watched the man lean back in his seat and wave his right palm dismissively as Kiyoku sighed. Ryūnosuke would later recall the interaction followed as the exact instant he began to warm up to the Professor, perhaps out of a sense of sympathy --maybe even pity. As the Professor waved his hand and practically folded upon himself in his chair. His entire facade cracked like an egg shell and the Professor's true personally poured out a spilled in the leather seat. "No, no. It not a problem at all!" , he animatedly assured, his voice hit an unusually high pitch. The reaction had the teenager on high alert as he looked to Kiyoku --still a complete stranger to him-- for reassurance. The manager simply shook her tilted head and rolled her eyes; it seemed this was nothing out of the usual. "What just happened?" The teenager whispered nervously. "I apologize... not trying to put you on the spot... w-we just have some concerns-" "Alright!" Kiyoku interjected. She stepped forward and slammed her right palm assertively on the Professor's desk. "I think, I'll take over for the time being, Professor. If you don't mind." The Professor shifted back into a natural posture in his seat and straightened the lapels of his lab coat. "Yes, Manager Sato. That may be for the best." "Aahh, this guy is a total wimp." The realization sparked in Ryūnosuke head. "Wait, did I just scare the shit out of a grown man?...That's... kinda sad.", he wondered with a frown. "Look, I don't want any problems." Ryūnosuke stated reassuringly. "Neither do we." Kiyoku returned. The Professor nodded in agreement. "You have to excuse the Professor, while he oversees operations here, he isn't exactly a 'people's person' and it sometimes leads to awkward misunderstandings." The teenager could understand that, he was quiet familiar with the type. It was quite common in the high-school setting. No one was completely free of social ineptitude or awkwardness --not even himself. Like most things, some people just suffered it more than others. "Yeah, that's cool. I get it. No worries, Professor." Ryūnosuke replied sympathetically. He thought he'd successfully pulled off his attempt at appearing less confrontational. That usually helped. The Professor gave no discernible reaction, although it was now obvious that he was postured with his shoulders conspicuously squared and what little he had to pass as chest muscles were puffed out. "Eehh?! A defensive pose!", he shouted internally as he coughed into his left fist and stealthily snuffed an involuntary cackle. "What the Professor was very poorly leading to, was the fact that there is something peculiar about your case." Kiyoku explained. "A few things aren't added up. Now, one of our own vouched for you, he's the reason you received an invitation at all-" Kiyoku sighed and Ryūnosuke remembered the young man with the green trench coat. "But, he sometimes jumps the gun and its our-", the Manager pointed to herself and the Professor. "responsibility to protect our team and our operation. You understand, Tamura-kun?" "I do." The teenager answered with hesitation and then reaffirmed, "I get that completely." His eye-contact drifted from Kiyoku to the Professor and then back to the former. "I'm just not understanding what that has to do with me. You said something isn't adding up..? I'm not sure I know what that means." Ryūnosuke explained. "We'll get to it." Kiyoku assured. "But first, tell us a little bit about yourself." Ryūnosuke leaned back in his seat and thought about how he wanted to answer. He'd never liked that request. 'Tell us about yourself'. Perhaps it wasn't so much that he disliked the question itself, rather he detested having to answer it. Talking about one's self; he found it pretentious. Furthermore, it was his personal understanding that when people asked that question there was usually a specific piece of information they were fishing for and not a monologue of someone's autobiography. He often wondered why people didn't just ask for the information they wanted directly. The obvious answer was that they probably made the ambiguous inquiry out of politeness. If that was the case he could understand it, but it didn't make the answer seem any less self-important. Fortunately, Ryūnosuke did see a possible compromise. Perhaps by inviting the direct question he could get the Manager or the Professor to just come out with what they had to say without tip-toeing around the subject. At the very least, he figured the Manager wasn't the type to pass on the opportunity. "Is there anything specific you'd like to know?" Kiyoku smirked. "Yeah, sure.", she agreed as she walked around the desk, sat in the chair beside the teenager and faced him. The Professor now seemed isolated on the opposite side of the desk, but Ryūnosuke could tell he was following the conversation from the sidelines. "So, Tamura-kun, how long have you been in town for?" "Just a few days. We moved from-" "Wait.", Kiyoku interjected. "Let me guess... Osaka?" "Yeah, something gave it away?" "Your dialect." "My dialect?" Ryūnosuke retorted with a raised brow. "Oi, you're all tough sounding, yo! Real intimidatin', we better not mess with you!" Kiyoku explained with a few brash swings and signs with her hands while doing what the teenager could only assume was an intentionally dramatic rendition of a gangster. His first and instinctual answer to the performance was to firmly establish that he didn't sound that ridiculous, but ultimately he didn't say anything at all. The reaction from both Kiyoku and surprisingly the Professor as well were looks of mild disappointment. The teenager couldn't imagine why; but this was the beginning of a long-running gag of Ryūnosuke missing what were, in the eyes of his Karakuran comrades, obvious setups for a counter-punches. The eulogy of Kiyoku's joke was a soft sigh. "Anyway. Is Karakura a long-term thing for you or what, you just visiting?" "Long-term, I think. We have a house here." "The Black Box, right? That's what we call it." "We call it that too, my mom and I." "Is there a story there?" Kiyoku asked curiously and Ryūnosuke scoffed before offering his answer with a dismissive chuckle. "Yeah, the story there is my dad." There was an involuntary iciness in his tone, Ryūnosuke noticed it only as the words left his mouth and then he noticed Kiyoku and the Professor notice it. "Okay then." Kiyoku responded flatly. Ryūnosuke started to worry they might ask him to elaborate on that more and make a conversation out of his family issues. Thankfully, the Manager showed no interest in pursuing the topic further. "And what's the story with the Baseball bat? Iwa-kun said you fended off Baron Quadhorn with it but I assume that's not usually the case. Do you play?" "Iwa-kun." The teenager thought, again remembering the young man with the green trench coat. Ryūnosuke nodded emphatically. "I play a lot.", he affirmed. "Interesting... are you any good?" Kiyoku followed up. Ryūnosuke hesitated. He was uncertain of how to answer. Again not wanting to come across as presumptuous, but the obvious and honest answer in his mind was a resounding "Hell yeah!". Ryūnosuke was just "good" he was one of the best players he knew. A rising star. An ace player with the road to a professional career in the Sport all but laid out before him. No doubt seeing the resistance in his answer Kiyoku continued, "No need to be modest, give us your honest opinion of yourself... or if it helps, just tell us what your friends and coaches say about you." Ryūnosuke took a moment to collect his thoughts and then nodded. "I guess -and I don't mean to brag-" He felt the need to make that point clear. "I'm pretty damn good." "As in-" "Freakishly good, for my age." Ryūnosuke added, quoting his high-school coaches and teammates. "That's what the coaches say, at least... on the school team. I was the Captain until the move here." He ended with no intention of elaborating on the circumstances of his departure from his old team. It wasn't information he was prepared to disclose to anyone yet, least of all strangers he'd just met. "Freakishly good..." Kiyoku repeated, facing the Professor who grinned confidently. Ryūnosuke identified it as the face scientists made when they had a breakthrough or had proven a hypothesis. He recognized the face in both his father but more often in Akane's father and midst their teams of lab coats. "Anything else, Tamura-kun. Anything you can gives us... like incredible feats of physical strength or agility?", asked the Professor. Ryūnosuke's eyes widened. He thought the inquiry was oddly specific, but now that the Professor mentioned it he did have something possibly relevant to add. "Well, I always ace the school fitness tests, but come on... it's not that difficult." "And when you say 'ace' you mean-?" "Top in the prefecture. There is this other guy... he and I always come out on top, but he wasn't from my school." Ryūnosuke elaborated and watched skeptically as the Professor yelped and practically glowed up like a light-bulb. Kiyoku also appeared relieved as the teenager gave his answer. "Okay, that just leave one more thing to get out of the way from our side." Ryūnosuke leaned upright again and held the arm of his seat, "finally", he thought. "Sure, ask away." "Tamura-kun." Kiyoku stared directly at him. Her tone had shifted to one that was markedly more serious than before and it gave the teenager the sense that this was the most important question, the one of greatest consequence in the eyes of the Manager and the Professor. "When did you first start seeing monsters and spirits?" Simple enough. "Last night." Ryūnosuke responded without hesitation. "Before last night I've never seen anything like that. I didn't even believe stuff like that existed!" He paused then and recounted his near-death encounter with Baron Quadhorn. "I... I almost died last night. If it wasn't for your guys in the masks I wouldn't even be here right now." Ryūnosuke hunched forward as the gravity of that realization hit him again. He'd thought he was pass it, but clearly not. He needed a moment and both the Professor and Ms. Sato seemed clued in on that fact and let him have it. "I can't..." Ryūnosuke forcibly stopped himself, he felt his words weren't forming correctly. He was speaking before he had the chance to fully organize his thoughts. He took a deep breath and faced Ms. Sato sternly. "I can't 'almost die' in the middle of a street again. So, I need to know what's going on out there, what that monster was and if there are more of them... I need to know why it attacked me! What the Hell was that energy stuff and what was that stupid thing that was talking to me." Kiyoku pressed her lips and nodded, apparently satisfied with the teenager's response. "I think we've confirmed what we needed to, Professor. Don't you agree.", she stated to her colleague. "Yes, I believe so, Manager Sato.", replied the Professor before he rolled his leather chair closer to the desk and addressed Ryūnosuke. "Tamura-kun. We will explain everything to you now, as promised. But I must warn you it is a lot to take in. I'm afraid if you're going to accept the answers we have to offer you'll have to leave any preconceived notions of what you think you know about reality at the door. The answers we have require that you reexamine the parameters of what you might have previously believed to be impossible or unnatural. Make no mistake, the concepts we're exploring fall well within the realms of the supernatural... with a heavy emphasis on spirituality." The Professor paused briefly, giving his words to moment to seep in. "Are you a religious person, Tamura-kun?" "What?", Ryūnosuke stammered. He heard the question but was unsure of the relevance or if he fully understood its meaning. "Do you believe in the human soul, that people live and when we die we are judged by our character and actions... The afterlife and such, perhaps reincarnation?" The question reminded Ryūnosuke of all his past mistakes and regrets and he wondered if what tormented him was a fear of some divine punishment after death. He preferred to believe it was more than that but he couldn't deny his belief in a divine power played it's part. "I-I guess so.", he replied. "Good, people of faith usually have an easier time accepting what you're about to hear-" "But-" Kiyoku interrupted. "If you ever feel like it's too much and you need a break or want to stop, just let us know." The sincerity in her voice was unmistakable, it reminded him of his mother and how she spoke when she was concerned for him. For better or worse Ryūnosuke appreciated the familiarity and warmth of it, it gave him a bit more confidence that he was prepared and could handle whatever was thrown at him. "I'll be fine. Please, don't hold back.", that seemed to get an approving smile from both Kiyoku and the Professor. The latter spoke again as he interlocked his fingers over the table once more. "Then, let's begin." ----- ... JURI felt the Reiatsu of the strange boy she'd saved the night before radiating from the gift shop long before she and Kanako arrived and from practically a half-mile away. She gasped upon the realization and turned to Kanako (AKA Kitsune), suspecting that she too had felt it. "Kanako-chan, Iwa-kun was right, he must have accepted the invitation!" The soft-spoken Juri noted gaily to her friend and housemate. "Yeah, looks like it." Kanako gave a soft smile, the sincerity of it however extended no further than acknowledging Juri's excitement. "C'mon, Kanako we have to hurry. Move your butt!", Juri exclaimed excitedly as she took Kanako's hand and started to run towards the gift shop. ----- ... KANAKO whined, "Hold on, Juriii!", but allowed herself to be pulled along. She was happy to see Juri happy but, if Kitsune was being completely forthcoming, she hadn't taken any particular interest or liking to the stranger. In fact, as she looked at the long silky strands of Juri's now snow-white hair, Kanako's doubts were only further confirmed and exasperated. It would forever be a reminder of what the stranger had taken from Juri and the potential threat he represented to them all, whether he knew it or not. Nevertheless, she also understood Juri's feelings. Juri was a pure-hearted and innocent and had no ulterior motives at the time she decided to save the stranger. She saved him because she could and it was the right thing to do. They all thought they knew the risk --Juri herself most of all-- but none of them had could have truly anticipated what happened. The cost of saving the stranger's life. They were extremely fortunate things played out the way they did and Kanako feared that cost had caused Juri and Iwa to be more invested in the stranger than they ever should be. ----- ... IWA met Juri and Kanako at the gift shop entrance and invited them inside, tossing them both their aprons as they entered. "Morning, Juri-chan, Kanako-chan... Guess what!", he stated cheerfully. "He's here!" Juri replied and raced into the shop. "Yup, he came right over. Just like I said he would. You must have left quite the impression, Juri-chan!", Iwa jested. Juri took a sarcastic bow and the two shared a laugh. "It's not that big a deal, you two." Kanako muttered and then frowned as her comment seemed to go ignored. Lost to the combined fawning of her two friends. "Do you think he'll join the team?" Juri whispered excitedly. Iwa smiled confidently and gave a thumbs up. "I'm optimistic. Big Sis and the Professor are interviewing him now, so we have to wait and see." "So, does our mystery guy even have a name.", Kanako asked flatly. It was clear she inquired not in any cordial capacity, but simply out of her desire to run a background check later. "Ah!", Iwa exclaimed. Stunned in place before he sighed and rubbed the nape of his neck. "Heheh... I forgot to ask, sorry.", he murmured sheepishly. "Baka." Kanako flatly. "Iwa-kuuun!", Juri pouted. The door of the gift shop swung open behind them with the jingle of a bell. "Morning.", called a familiar voice as Iwa, Juri, and Kanako all half-turned to face the door. ----- ... CHIZURU looked between her three comrades with her right brow raised with curiosity. "Why are you all standing so close to the doorway?" She asked bluntly. She noted the confusion on the faces of all three of her teammates, even Kanako who'd seemed to be slightly annoyed as opposed to ecstatic like Iwa and Juri were. "Morning, Chizuru-chan, have you noticed the guy from last night is here, the one Juri saved!", Iwa exclaimed. "Yeah." Chizuru pressed her lips and tilted her slightly to the side, "Pretty hard to miss." "Morning, Chizuru-chan!", Juri replied cheerfully. "Hey, Chizuru.", Kanako right after her. She'd barely finished before Iwa continued their conversation. "Are you saying you're not the least bit excited by the prospect of having a strong new member on the team? The guy nearly beat Baron Quadhorn!" "No, actually, he nearly got killed by Baron Quadhorn. Remember, we were all there. C'mon, it's not that serious." Chizuru corrected. She didn't believe there was any malice in her statement; but, for reasons that were not entirely different from Kanako's, Chizuru was also somewhat opposed to the ardor with which the others seemed ready to embrace the stranger. As far as she was concerned having a ridiculous amount of Reiatsu alone wasn't of itself grounds to invite anyone into WILD'S and past experience had taught her not to trust so soon. "Thank you!" Kanako interjected with a gasp. "He'd be dead if it wasn't for us showing up and mainly Juri risking her life to save him." Chizuru looked at Juri directly and could see that the fourteen year old was now frowning. Chizuru held her shoulder tenderly. "How are you feeling, Juri-chan." "I'm fine, thank you, Chizu-chan.", she replied softly and sniffled. "That's good... by the way white hair looks just as pretty on you." Chizuru then addressed Iwa who also appeared to slightly disappointed with her lack of enthusiasm and furthermore her lack of acceptance. Chizuru sighed, "Look, I hate to be the buzz kill, but we don't even know this guy. He's clearly pretty powerful, I won't take that from him, but you're putting a lot of trust in a guy we don't even know-" Chizuru caught herself there. She imagined the other would find it ironic that she was making that argument after what she'd done in the past. "I now realize how rich that must sound, coming from me of all people." "No." Iwa replied sharply. "Objectively speaking, you have a point. Besides, we all trusted-" Iwa sighed, he likely wanted to get back on point. Chizuru appreciated it. "Listen, team. All I'm saying is we give this guy a chance. I'm pretty sure he's not secretly working for the police if that's what you're worried about. He nearly died in my arms and no one was coming to help him. I'm not denying there is a slim chance, a very slim chance in my opinion, that we get burned again but what we stand to gain here if this guy is the real deal..." Iwa scoffed and Chizuru could see the gears rapidly turning in his head. No matter how greatly he might have been overlooking the potential risks, she had no doubt that Iwa had thought of all the possible ways having the stranger on the team would benefit WILD'S because that was how Iwa was. Everything he did was for WILD'S first and foremost. "Chizuru, we simply can't pass this up. Big sis and the Professor are vetting the guy as we speak, and this time he's my guy and my burden." Chizuru frowned, she'd almost been convinced but she knew that Iwa knew the reality. "Don't say it.", she thought. "If he burns us, it's on me and I'll handle it.", Iwa declared confidently. Chizuru couldn't resist, she wouldn't hear another word of it. She reached out and grabbed the chest of Iwa's apron and hissed sternly. "Iwa-kun! If he burns us neither of us will be able to handle him... That's it! WILD'S will be done for!" With the last word, she shoved Iwa back. Iwa balled his fist and glanced at both Juri and Kanako, who were both paralyzed with shock. Chizuru regretted putting her hands on Iwa, but didn't show it. He needed to know how serious this was. "I've calculated all the risk and he's worth it." Iwa replied sharply. He then looked to Juri and smiled. "He's worth it.", he reaffirmed. "Let's go, Juri-chan dango store isn't gonna run itself.", Chizuru ended in passing. ----- ... RYŪNOSUKE sat silently absorbed in his thoughts as he tried to grasp the numerous reality-bending mental curve balls being hurled at him by the Professor. It felt like hours had gone by, when really the Professor had barely spoken for thirty minutes; breezing through what was by his own admission the "crash course in the Spiritual World". A world hidden behind a simple veil of perception and awareness that the teenager had only recently crossed completely. A world full of monsters like Baron Quadhorn; "Hollows" they were called. Corrupt spirits of supernatural power, born of the souls of deceased humans unable to pass on peacefully to the afterlife --known as the Soul Society-- for any myriad of reasons. Trapped in the World of the Living, they lose their hearts to strong negative emotions and eventually become Hollows. As Hollows they are driven by an insatiable hunger to devour the souls of the living and the dead alike. Opposed to the Hollows are the Shinigami. The Professor described them as "shepherds of the dead" tasked with guiding souls to the Soul Society and purifying the souls of Hollows by slaying them with special weapons known as Zanpakutō. He noted that while the effectiveness of Shinigami in recent years could be subject for debate, as the teenager might have no doubt agreed given his own near-death run in with the Baron, the Shinigami had their distinct role within the supernatural ecosystem as the "balancers". The equalizing force keeping the collective realms of the universe from falling into total destruction. Ryūnosuke's next question then was about the role of people like himself; the "Spiritually Aware" and specifically Fullbringers: humans with the ability to not only perceive and interact with other spiritual entities but also possess unique supernatural powers of their own. While the Professor gave no definitive answer he did present a theory. It suggested that Fullbringers were just the next natural evolution of the Human race. Nature's inevitable answer to the growing threat posed to humans by powers and forces beyond what most could even perceive. The Professor added, "And if that's the case, then the only true obligation Fullbringers have is to simply survive and procreate, just like any normal human." Ryūnosuke frowned. Given all he'd learned he didn't find that answer very satisfying. To resign himself to the life of a normal oblivious human after discovering he in fact had the potential to be so much more was contemptible to him. Ryūnosuke had always been ambitious, even long before he ever knew he had supernatural powers. Originally, he'd attributed all the signs of it --his ridiculous athleticism, his above-average physical strength and speed, and his exceptional visual perception-- to just being a genetic edge and his own dedication and skill. Even back then he dreamed of setting himself apart and being more. More than his peers, more than his father, more than everyone --more than just another human. To simply live was the opposite of who he was. ----- ... THE PROFESSOR saw the discontent in Ryūnosuke's eyes, just as he'd seen it in all the others and he noted the cruel irony of it. These children who were so much more than they could know and who outclassed anything that could be quantified as statistically "human" were here now by their own volition driven by the very Human yearning for a higher calling. It was admirable, but like all things human, it was flawed. Therein the Professor believed was his own calling. "But, I suspect that isn't the answer you were hoping to hear." The Professor sighed lowly. "It surely isn't the answer the rest of us have accepted.", he baited and Ryūnosuke took the bite. "So, what is your answer?" The Professor smiled warmly and stood up from his seat. "I started WILD'S precisely for people like you, Tamura-kun. Young people, Fullbringers with incredible powers and a drive to do more, to be more. You asked about our roles. Well, mine is to serve as the mentor to those youths. To guide them and advise them so that they can harness their powers as forces of good and make a difference in the world. But also to cultivate a safe environment where they are understood and can feel safe." "So, just like a school principal?" Ryūnosuke asked. The question seemed straightforwards but the Professor read between the lines and understood what the teenager was really asking and chuckled. "Not exactly, Tamura-kun. My purpose and my goal isn't to control you... It's to train you and provide you and those like you with the tools and experiences you need so that you can control yourselves and hopefully hold each other accountable." The teenager fell silent, seemingly accepting or at the very least willing to consider that alternative perspective. "I want to show you something.", said the Professor with a beckoning swing of his arm as the turned to face the map of Karakura on the back wall on the office. ----- ... RYŪNOSUKE looked first to Kiyoku and stood from his chair only as she nodded approvingly. He walked around the desk and stood beside the Professor who coughed and chuckled nervously as the teen stepped into his proximity. "Yes, that's great.", he murmured giving the teenager an awkward and despicable jab in his shoulder. Ryūnosuke thought it best to disregard the interaction entirely and the Professor spoke no more of it either. "So, here we have a map of Karakura...", he explained. Ryūnosuke nodded. "And here-" The Professor hovered his right palm over the map and Ryūnosuke watched with intrigue as markings began to appear on the map as if drawn out of thin air. "Whoa!", the teenager exclaimed. "How'd you-" "Oh, this is nothing. A simple parlor trick, really." The Professor dismissively. "What's really impressive are all these black dots with the circles around them.", he continued point to one such marking as it inked itself on the face of the map. Ryūnosuke watched the different marking as they appeared. Black dots with circles around them, black dots with "X"s drawn through them, areas segmented off with colored lines that appeared, faded, and then appeared again. Of the black dots with circles around them, the teenager counted at least two dozen, but there were plenty more he missed. "What do they mean." He asked finally. "Those are Hollows WILD'S has neutralized in the past week alone. Thirty-eight so far, if you count them. Now who is to say for certain how many souls were in immediate danger from them but at the very least that's thirty-eight humans and spirits saved." Ryūnosuke could hear the pride in the Professor's voice. He didn't blame him either, thirty-eight lives saved from creatures like Baron Quadhorn, that was a remarkable accomplishment. The Professor then pointed to one marking in particular, not too far North-West of the train station. "Here, this one is your encounter with Baron Quadhorn." Ryūnosuke clenched his jaw as he looked at the marking; a larger black dot about twice the size of the others with a circle around it but also an "X" drawn through it. "Unfortunately, we can't get them all. Sometimes we can't make it in time, maybe our hands are tied elsewhere... Sometimes, like with the Baron, we just don't have the power to take them on. We were extremely lucky to have been able to save you when we did, Tamura-kun. Extremely lucky." "No." Ryūnosuke shook his head as his eyes hovered over the map, this time taking note of all the "X"s. He frowned, unable to make a precise count but knowing for sure that as far as he was concerned the number of victims was "too many". "I'm the one who was lucky." Ryūnosuke could feel his emotions swelling in his chest as he remembered the coldness of the pavement beneath him as he laid broken and battered in a pool of his own blood just seconds from death. The face of Baron Quadhorn, his horrifying grin of serrated jaws, flashed in the teenager's mind. He could hear the sharp whip of the Baron's tentacle as it tore through the air and he recounted the sound of his bones snapping beneath his skin. Ryūnosuke felt his terror reignited, but knowing that there were others out there just like him who also suffered as he had or worst filled him with an even greater anger. Ryūnosuke clenched his fist. "So, is this what WILD'S is about?" Ryūnosuke muttered icily, his eyes focused in on the all the black dots. "This and so much more, truly." The Professor elaborated before clearing his throat. "So, you see, Tamura-kun. I-It's our belief that you can do some real good here. With the proper trai-" "Yes." Kiyoku cut in. "This is WILD'S. This is what we do.", she affirmed with a grin, a part of her understood that was all the teenager needed to hear. "Good." Ryūnosuke replied as he made a silent vow to clear the map in front of him of all the "X"s and to hunt and kill Baron Quadhorn specifically. He felt he finally found the reason for everything that had happened. This was it, this was how he set things right. "Where do I sign up?" To Be Continued... ______________________________ WC|5,615 -----
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    Welcome To WILD'S

    001: Things We Left Behind And Others We Didn't PRT 1 ----- ____________________ ... RYŪNOSUKE had not been particularly attentive of his surroundings for the majority of the four hour drive from the airport. He'd gazed out of the passenger's seat window on occasion to take in, if not but visually, the stark change in scenery that was the countryside of the Tama region, also known as Western Tokyo. Although he was not in a frame that would allow a full appreciation of the simplistic and natural beauty of the region, the 17 year old --who had until now lived exclusively in a bustling city-- saw in the wide and empty green plains visible on the roadside an indication of just how much he was leaving behind. He was hundreds of miles from Osaka, hundreds of miles from his old life, his old home. "Hundreds of miles from-" Ryūnosuke inhaled deeply as he pressed his head against the window glass and closed his eyes, hoping to banish his thoughts and clear his mind. Merely a temporary reprieve, he knew; one that worked most of the time, but the thoughts were never truly gone. The guilt and shame were always there, persistent, stubborn, and lingering in the back of his mind, pouncing out from the darkness to torment him only when he pretended he could move beyond them. Ryūnosuke sighed lowly in frustration. Who was he kidding, no amount of time or distance could ever make him forget what he'd done --the harm he'd caused-- much less could any distance change it. Tamura Mariko had thoughts and regrets of her own as she watched her son from the backseat of the silver SUV bound for their new home in Karakura. She regretted that she'd noticed too little and too late to help him, that she didn't see the signs that he was struggling and needed help. Most of all, she resented the fact that a tragedy had torn a rift between herself and her boy. Where there had once been warmth and openness now festered an expanding pit of coldness and silence. Oh, how she hated the silence and everything that came with it. The doubt and paranoia. Sleepless nights, woke with fear as she wondered if she would have to go through what that poor girl Hina's mother experienced. "Would she wake up one morning and find her boy-" Mariko shuddered, holding back the tears that had begun to swell in her eyes. "No." That was precisely why they had left Osaka. It would take time, it would be hard and painful, but she would get her family through this crisis. They would reclaim their happiness and she would see the glow in her son's eyes again. Even if that meant moving to the edge of the earth. Mariko reached over the passenger's seat and placed her hand tenderly on Ryūnosuke's left shoulder. "Are you okay, Ryūn?" she asked lowly. There was a delay in her son's response. Part of her hoped that perhaps he was considering to share everything that was bothering him. That he'd suddenly become inclined to tell her everything that happened that morning when he found Hina. That he'd shout at her, curse at her, or even blame her, just as long as he'd opened the door that would allow her back into his life. Let her be his mother again. "I'm fine." Ryūnosuke mumbled. Mariko, squeezed his shoulder, silently begging him not to shut down on her again. "Are you sure? You haven't eaten or said anything in hours. Are you hungry." "Mom, I'm fine... I'm just tired is all." "Alright, honey." Mariko conceded. She gave Ryūnosuke a final pat on his shoulder before she reclined in her seat. She wondered if she'd pressed too hard again without realizing it. If her maternal instincts had gotten the better of her again. But what else was she to do? What else did she have to trust in if not the biological imperative to protect her child? Did that make her selfish? How could it be wrong of her to want to be close to her son again? How could anyone expect her to be patient and endure the agonizing pain of knowing your child --the most important and beloved thing to you in this world-- is so close, not even an arm's length away, and yet so achingly distant from you? Ryūnosuke surely couldn't comprehend his mother's feelings. For as much as he was a selfish teenager, he had very real torments of his own as well. Perhaps fortunately, if he had nothing else going for him, Ryūnosuke was mature enough to at least recognize his own thoughts and emotions. He knew very well, that he was dealing with his own guilt, shame, and regret. He was angry, but not with the world --most certainly not with his mother. Rather he was angry with himself, for what he'd done. He'd blamed himself for ruining what little happiness his family had. For destroying that little happiness he'd always taken for granted. Add to that the fact that, for better or for worse, the troubled teen had inherited his father's pride, which dictated that there were things he simply could never say openly or admit. Mr. Nagashi was a man of many talents and responsibilities. Exactly three months from the day he'd have been under the employment of Tamura Keiji for fifteen years. He'd been President Keiji's (of Tamura Pharmaceuticals) closest friend for seven more years than that. Point was, Nagashi had known the Tamuras for a very long time. He'd, in fact, known young Ryūnosuke for the teenager's entire life. Nagashi, was practically a member of the family himself, but he was a professional and never eluded to that fact and was all the better at his job for it. At least in his own opinion. Officially, he was the Head of Security at Tamura Pharmaceuticals. Unofficially, the parameters of his job description were much less clearly defined. Put bluntly, he did whatever the Tamura's needed of him; with top priority going to whatever Tamura Keiji instructed him to do. At the moment, that task happened to be driving Keiji's wife and son to their new home. That also meant silently enduring the tense atmosphere that now loomed over the entire Tamura household like a black smog of ill-managed emotions. It was no secret that the smog followed the mother and child even now, and that it was heaviest around Ryūnosuke. Nagashi would have loved to give the teen some much needed advice but the truth was that even Nagashi, in all his life-hardened wisdom wasn't sure what he should say to Ryūnosuke. Frankly, as much as it pained him to think it, he was fine with being invisible as long as the Tamuras collectively acted as if he was. "We'll be there soon, we've got about another twenty kilometers." he said sharply before allowing himself to fade back into invisibility just as quickly as he'd spoken. "Thank you, Nagashi." Mariko replied shortly afterwards. Ryūnosuke remained silent. The teen opened his eyes again and watched as a train approached on the railway parallel to the road. He wondered where the train was going, what were the odds of it heading to Osaka. He watched closely as they passed the train, heading their opposite directions, and for a moment time seemed to slow down to a halt, just like it did in the heat of a match, when he was in the batter's box, honed in on a pitch. For just a second he caught a glimpse of a teenage girl who couldn't be any older than he was. She sat alone with a thick red scarf wrapped tightly around her neck. She wore an opened jean jacket, with a white blouse underneath, and on her lap was a small pink suitcase littered with newly applied and some aged and peeling cat stickers. However, her most defining feature was the ever obvious look of repressed sadness on her face. He recognized that expression, it was Hani's expression, the one that haunted him now. Ryūnosuke shifted upwards in his seat and looked backwards at the train as it drew away again, his brows furrowed with concern as a faint gasp escaped his pressed lips. Nagashi and Mariko took note of the teen's sudden alertness. "Ryūn?" Mariko called worriedly. Ryūnosuke responded quickly, almost too quickly, "It's nothing." he reassured; hoping his mother would leave it at that, and, against every cry of her maternal intuition, Mariko did. To Be Continued... ______________________________ WC|1,415 -----
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  8. Rash ラシュ

    The Harrowing Recess

    ENW 23: The Harrowing Recess: Survivors vs. Egriffiend PRT 4 ___________________  ... RYŪNOSUKE'S first guess upon observing the encroaching of Tomoe's Chain of Fate was that the Jibakurei had been slain and thus begun its transition of passing on from this existence to the next. It would have been a lie for him to later say he hadn't thought the Night of Wailing to finally be over in the peaceful seconds that followed Lady Tomoe's apparent demise. The teenager had even visibly relaxed for a moment as the faint forms of trapped spirits became visible in the stilled mist. With an upward sweep of his arm Ryūnosuke hung his bat over his right shoulder. "Ahh, it's finally over!", he gasped scratchily; his throat was still raw from all the shouting he'd done as a Frenzied Wailer but the relief was clear in his tone. As the teenager started to approach Connor, he glanced at his own left shoulder and again inspected his injury. It remained numb but Ryūnosuke was not sure whether to attribute the lack of pain to a unique property of the poison or to the adrenaline still coursing through his veins. Whatever the case, Ryūnosuke figured it was nothing Juri couldn't fix up. His first priority after checking on the others was finding all his comrades, believing fully that they were all returned to normal --safe now that Tomoe was defeated. After that, it was off to destroy Sanetoki. Ryūnosuke had his concerns about Sanetoki's immense power, but after battling alongside Connor he was confident they could defeat him. It went without saying that confident in their combined might or not, they absolutely had to defeat him. Alas, swiftly came the realization that Ryūnosuke had celebrated too early. Loud and clear, it was actualized with a horrifying roar and an explosion of distinctly Hollow Reiatsu. There was no mistaking it. "Shit.", the teenager hissed as the mist around him rapidly drafted inwards on a single point not far from where his once stood. Like water swirling in a drain, the mist receded and seemed to vanish. The terrible wasteland of death and ruin that was the recess was finally unveiled; as was Lady Tomoe's new form. The first glance was all it took for the Tengu-masked teenager to understand what had transpired. Rather than passing on to the afterlife, Tomoe's defeat as a Demi-Hollow triggered the completion of her transformation into a Hollow. Ryūnosuke's scornful glare did not hide his feeling about the development as he watched Egriffiend dash towards San, Hizorashi, and Oriru. The teenager sucked his teeth and lowered his bat from his shoulder as he slowly paced forwards and observed Egriffiend's attacks on his three allies. She darted from target to target with a feral and chaotic urgency that only insured further injury to herself. She wasn't dead yet, but at this rate it wouldn't take long at all. Flashes of lightning sparked and crackled in her wake as a cloud of poisonous and sparking mist bloomed in her trail. Just as Ryūnosuke expected, it was no time at all before the Hollow had her sights on him again. Ryūnosuke twirled his bat once and flared his Reiatsu as Egriffiend charged directly at him. He responded in kind and with a few brisk strides entered a full sprint towards the Hollow. ----- Patches of fiery orange Reiatsu ignited on the Tengu-masked Fullbringer's shoulders and arms as he watched the two bolts of lightning jagged chaotically to his right side. [1-2] The teenage twirled the handle of his bat into a reverse grip and held it down to his side, the barrel of his bat barely inches from the ground. As the first bolt closed in, Ryūnosuke swung upwards in arc and deflected it. The lightning bounced from his bat with a roar of thunder. He held his bat up steady as it clashed with the second bolt, even as the residual static skipped from the bat and into his torso. [3] His collision with Tomoe followed instantly. A fully prepared and resolute Ryūnosuke did not hesitate or flinch; instead, he curled his left arm tight and led with it, fully prepared to take the collision head on. The shockwave that exploded outwards from the point of their impact cratered the ground beneath them. However it would have likely taken Egriffiend a moment to realize she hadn't bashed the teenager's shoulder as she'd intended to. Rather, what she'd hit was the solid energy shield that enveloped Ryūnosuke's entire left arm from shoulder to fingertips in the form a sleeve of samurai armor. The orange armor flickered once from semi-transparency into invisibility. [4-5-6-7] Ryūnosuke was already hooking his right fist across his chest, directing the barrel of his bat in a horizontal swing along the path of his forearm and projected to slam directly into Egriffiend's face as the purple mist pressed against him and reinvigorated a burning sensation on his skin. The teenager ignored it still. [8] He faced no difficulty evading the thrashing tail claw with a simple rightwards tilt of his head at the very last moment, as he drove to the right and momentarily released the handle of his bat. [9] The teenager adeptly transitioned his rightwards momentum into a clockwise twirl. He reclaimed the handle of his bat with the passing left hand in the initiation of his spin. The moment the fingers of his left hand wrapped around the grip of the bat it was engulfed in flaming and studded casing of deep-orange Reiatsu, fashioned in the shape of a Kanabō club. With a triumphant roar, Ryūnosuke completed a full spin with his bat out-held and angled to impact the base of Tomoe's skull. A burst of flames would be projected forwards from the teenager's bat at the wake of the devastating blow. The visage of a snarling oni was scorched across the ground with two lingering flames shaping the fiery eyes. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [TURN STATS] --------------------------- [ACTIONS] --------------------------- [BATTING STAGE #1] Clashed (203 STR) Egriffiend's Extremaunción- Infectious Lightning Strike #4. LOSS [ND Cost: -360 Ryūnosuke ||-203 To Lady Tomoe] || [1/4 Attack Moves] || [New ND: 1,985] Clashed (203 STR) Egriffiend's Extremaunción- Infectious Lightning Strike #5. LOSS [ND Cost: -360 Ryūnosuke ||-203 To Lady Tomoe] || [2/4 Attack Moves] || [New ND: 1,625] Kote Shield Full Blocked Egriffiend's Shoulder Bash(210). [ND Cost: 000] || [1/3] Soul Buster - Major Heavy Blow: Strike at Egriffiend's Face. [Damage: 203 STR] [Speed: 209] || [Free Attack Move] || [2/7 - 1 Turn Cooldown] Soul Buster: If Major Heavy Blow Lands: Egriffiend will not be able to use Personal Techniques or Race Techniques in the next turn. MAJOR CONCUSSION: If Major Heavy Blow Lands: Egriffiend will lose 2 Attack Moves in her next turn. Extremaunción Mist. Infected x1 [-3 To All Stats] || Jōnetsu Passive Activated. Infect Reduced To [-1 To All Stats] || Tengu no Sokumen Passive Activated Infect Speed Reduction: [-0 Speed] Full Dodge (209 SPD) Egriffiend's Tail Claw Stab (210 STR - 160 SPD). [ND Cost: 210] || [New ND: 1,415] Oni ni Kanabō [BRUTE SUB-CLASS PERK "Devastating Blow"]: Strike at the base of Egriffiend's skull . [Damage: 406 STR] [Speed: 209] || [3/4 Attack Moves] || [1/2] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND| 1,415 ______________________________ WC|975 -----
  9. Rash ラシュ

    Role-Play Community Reiatsu Ranking

    UPDATE CHAPTER 1: POTENTIAL LVL4 - WEEK 29 [02-01-2020] - 32,575 Reiatsu Growth -1,017,405 THE FINAL REWARD LEVEL "INFINITE POTENTIAL" HAS BEEN UNLOCKED!!!! LONG COMMUNITY RP EVENT: INFINITE POTENTIAL STARTS SOON!!! SIGN UP DATE TBD FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT HERE: TBD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To Commemorate reaching 1,000,000 Reiatsu in the Community Ranking all contributors have been given a Commendation Gift Card Equipment Item. Commendation Gift Cards access a single account shared by all your characters. Commendation Gift Card Effect: From 02/01/2020 until the final week of the Potential Chapter you gain extra Balance every week that you Cap in WC submission. When The Potential Chapter ends you will be able to redeem your accumulated balance for some neat stuff. Bear in mind, things will be pretty pricey so get make that money while you can. Insurance #1 "Indestructibility" (Cannot Be Destroyed) Insurance #2 "Anti-Theft" (Cannot Be Stolen) Can't Be Traded. Known Card-holders (Any characters not listed is due to either being inactive or being a secondary character.)
  10. Rash ラシュ

    The Harrowing Recess

    ENW 22: The Harrowing Recess: Survivors vs. Egriffiend PRT 3 ___________________  [1]... RYŪNOSUKE dislodged his bat from the ground and watched Tomoe gracefully twirl through the air and released her mist wraiths and made her retreat once more. This time they swarmed him and his partner by the hundreds. Ryūnosuke's expression was visibly impassive, almost bored with the monotonous arrangement. "What, is she all out of moves?", he wondered. Was biding her time with these droves of wraith fodder the best Lady Tomoe could do against them? Ryūnosuke recounted all that had happened so far, everything that led up to this point. The Night of Wailing, the Wailers, his own possession. All the loss and suffering, it was all caused by Tomoe. Of course, Sanetoki was the undisputed mastermind behind it, but that didn't change that Lady Tomoe was at the very heart of the Night of Wailing. The Night of Wailing was hers, not even Sanetoki was safe from her powers once they reached him. It was a perplexing realization, Ryūnosuke couldn't help but feel bitterness, annoyance, and --strangest of all-- pity for Tomoe as she wailed and fled. He didn't dwell on those thoughts for long, however. As rapidly approaching cloud of wraiths blanketed over the teenager, he was brought back into the present. "Here we go again.", the teenager muttered as he widened his stance and twirled his bat with a sudden flare of his Reiatsu as he stomped his right foot; solidifying his position and resolve. The down-reaching canopy of talons and maws lashed and snapped at him threateningly and the teenager answered it with wide sweeping swings of his bat. Each swing broke the formation of the wraith cloud, deformed it around the force of his swings as the mist creatures were sprinkled about, set ablaze, and dispersed. [2-3] Then came the towering waves of mist claws that rose and collapsed over the teenager's location. Ryūnosuke chose to block the first one, but it fell with greater force than he'd anticipated and one of the serrated edges cut into his left shoulder. "STRIKE ONE!" Lumpu announced at a very inopportune moment, hovering around Ryūnosuke's head and almost obstructing his view. "I know, dammit!" The teenager spat angrily, if his hands weren't occupied he surely would have thrown the obnoxious little blob as far away as he could. Still, Ryūnosuke was able to push back against the Mist claw and simply glided around the others, dodging them as they fell. He quickly glanced to his side in search of Connor, but in that moment he was unable to spot his partner. He had no need to worry about Connor's well-being, still believing his comrade was more than capable on his own. Ideally, he'd have confirmed Connor's location so they could coordinate another attack but simply stating his intentions aloud would have to suffice for now. "I'm going after her!", Ryūnosuke shouted as he rocketed through the air towards Tomoe, who was still in combat with Hizorashi. [4] However, a sudden thrust of force collided with him, rather, it collided with a transparent shield of energy that surrounded him. The teenager noted the flicker of light that emanated from the o-fuda on his bat. "Nifty!" Ryūnosuke remarked internally. Tomoe seemed to be on the move again after her brief interaction with Hizorashi, Oriru, and San. She again left them to fend off a horde of wraiths in her escape. [5-6-7] Ryūnosuke quickly glanced back at Connor who would have been done with the annoyances on his end. There was a a weird feeling to the mist as it's level rose and its color changed to a horrid purple. Instinctively, Ryūnosuke knew the mist was now poisonous to the touch but given its nature there was no way to avoid it. "Not good.", Ryūnosuke muttered through his left sleeve as he rose it to cover his mouth. For what little good he figured it would do, he still felt the alternative of breathing in the smog was not a choice he'd make willingly. He could already feel the faint effects of poison on his body, although thankfully his own unique ability to power through such ailments activated naturally without the teenager ever being aware. [8] However, the Infection would quickly become a non-factor as the pillar attacks sprung upwards. The nature of the attacks allowed for minimal time and space to evade them, even at the teenager's absurd speed. Ryūnosuke used to Bringer's Light to propel himself forward as the first pillar shot up behind him. [9] He promptly landed several meters away on a square energy platform. Second Base. However, the base had not materialized fast enough to fully activate its defensive capabilities. "SAFE!" Lumpu announced as the very instant that the pillar rocketed skywards and twisted beside the teenager's left arm. Ryūnosuke felt the pull of the twisting mist as it latched onto the material of his sleeve immediately followed by a wet shredding sound and the splatter of blood across the ground. [10] Instantly recognizing the danger he was should he chose to remain on the base, Ryūnosuke moved, completely disregarding the simultaneous numbness and burning in his left shoulder and the significant amount of blood that was pouring down his arm. He leapt upwards and swung downward, clashing his bat with the mist pillar and dissipating it. Returning to the ground, Ryūnosuke took a moment to examine the gravity of his injury. The skin and muscle tissue of his left shoulder was terribly scrapped, almost as if it had been filed down, exposing a large blooding mess that sizzled and bubbled with purple ooze and some solid barbs could be seen crystallizing on the surface of the wound. The teenager grunted faintly as he almost touched the wound then quickly decided against it. "Fuck, this.", he muttered, wincing as he marched a few feet forwards. He gave some brief words to his comrade as he approached his target. Not Tomoe. The Demi-Hollow was currently doing all she could to avoid the pair. "Don't worry about me! Get Tomoe!" [11] Ryūnosuke took a few more steps forwards and grinned as he heard the metallic rattling of a chain being dragged across the ground. The teenager reached down for the chain with his bat and curled it tightly around the base of the barrel. "I'll show you exactly where she is!" Ryūnosuke declared as he suddenly rocketed himself into the air once more. A tail of mist rose from where he'd just stood. and Tomoe's Chain of Fate rose with him. Like a fishing line, the other end was beneath the mist and moved as Tomoe did. Ryūnosuke yanked the chain upwards, intended to pull Tomoe out of the mist and into the air. "She's all yours, Connor!" Hopefully, with Tomoe fully exposed, his partner would be able to do enough damage to finish Tomoe once and for all. While the two fought, Ryūnosuke would simply hold the chain from above at a length of about ten yards. [12] He wouldn't move again until Connor completed whatever combo of attacks he executed against Tomoe. At which point Ryūnosuke would pull the Chain of Fate one final time before launching himself downwards directly over Tomoe. He was slightly to her left with his bat winded back in his right hand. He led with his left side in the path of any potential attacks from Tomoe's deadly Hollowfied arm. [13] Two two were collide twenty feet above the ground as Ryūnosuke swung downwards directly across the middle of Tomoe's face. The teenager then veered off to the right and rotated once through the air to look back at Tomoe. Maintaining his flight, he observed what had become of the Demi-Hollow. Hopefully, they'd done enough to bring this nightmare to an end. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [TURN STATS] --------------------------- [ACTIONS] --------------------------- [BATTING STAGE #1] Direct/Critical Hits To Prime Soul Buster (霊・バスター, Rei Basutā): 6/2 3 Soul Busters Strikes Ready.|| Hits To Prime Brute Sub-Class "Devastating Blow" 4/4 Salir Damage. [ND Cost: 400] || [New ND: 4,045] 1/3 Strikes To Stage Switch. Lady Tomoe's Assimilation Wave. [ND Cost: 1,000] || [New ND: 3,045] Rito Poisoned Mist. Infected x1 [-3 To All Stats] Jōnetsu Passive Activated. Infect Reduced To [-1 To All Stats] Tengu no Sokumen Passive Activated Infect Speed Reduction: [-0 Speed] Full Dodge (208 SPD) Lady Tomoe's El Elogio #1 (200 REI - 220 SPD). [ND Cost: 200] || [New ND: 2,845] Partial Dodge + [BASE - ADVANCE] (208 SPD) Lady Tomoe's El Elogio #2 (200 REI - 220 SPD) Infected x1 [-1 To All Stats But Speed]. [ND Cost: 300] || [New ND: 2,545] Clashed (203 STR) Lady Tomoe's El Elogio #3 (200 REI - 220 SPD). WON [ND Cost: -200 Ryūnosuke ||-303 To Lady Tomoe] || [1/4 Attack Moves] || [New ND: 2,345] Pull Of Lady Tomoe's Chain of Fate x1 [Strength: 203 STR] [Speed: 207] || [2/4 Attack Moves] Pull Of Lady Tomoe's Chain of Fate x2 [Strength: 203 STR] [Speed: 207] || [3/4 Attack Moves] Downwards Bat Swing Into Lady Tomoe's Face. [Damage: 203 STR] [Speed: 207] || [4/4 Attack Moves] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND| 2,345 ______________________________ WC|1,285 -----
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    Announcements

    Live Changes 01/18/2020 - ND Changes "It's Gonna Sting" ND Changes Dubbed The "San Patch" Locked In...Kinda...?: So, after testing it out Live for a bit. The San patch seems to have fixed a few of the problems we were having with Clashes. Hits were hurting just a tiny bit too much, which was having a ripple effect elsewhere, not unlike the San Patch as a whole. But overall, the changes all look great. And with the damage multipliers tweak just a tiny bit we're in a good spot. Just so you know what all to look at: Direct Hits (x4) - Counter Class Direct Hits (x5) - Visionary Reduced Critical Hits VS Tanks (x5) - Critical Hits (x6) - Visionary Class Critical Hits (x7) - Broken Shield/Barrier (x5 Difference) - Clashes Brute/Genius Class Combat Skill Update: The San Patch Hit Clashing as a defensive option for the Classes that are supposed to excel at it pretty hard. Especially with the increased net value of Attacks. The argument can be made that Brutes/Genius as the Power Classes should be more focused on using their resources to attack anyway. As it stands with the, changes in most cases Brute/Genius lose more from Clashing than the other classes. To meet somewhere in the middle ground "Brutes/Genius Get 1 Free Defensive Clash. It will always default to a Tied Clash when possible. If the Brute/Genius is weaker it registers as a Normal Loss Clash." Natural Defense Thread SEALS & GRAPPLING mechanics are going to officially be added to the ND System soon. A General rundown. - Fatigue Mechanic "Thought This Was Already Up, Honestly" "Fatigue" sets in when a character uses the maximum capability of their stats without having sufficient Stamina to do so. An example of this would be an Agile frequently using 200 Speed while having only 100 Stamina. The General Rule is that characters can use their maximum stats for the duration of battle as long as they have the appropriate Stamina. Fatigue Cost ND = Value of Stat Used Per Action. 11-20 Point Difference: Mild Fatigue. You get 16 actions using the insufficient stat. After that Fatigue Cost kicks in for every instance that Stat is used at an amount higher than your Stamina. 21-30 Point Difference: Moderate Fatigue. You get 8 actions using the insufficient stats. After that Fatigue Cost kicks in for every instance that Stat is used at an amount higher than your Stamina. 31+ Point Difference: Major Fatigue. You get 4 actions using the insufficient stats. After that Fatigue Cost kicks in for every instance that Stat is used at an amount higher than your Stamina. Fatigue Added To ND Thread - Visionary "Mind's Eye" Update: "Mind's Eye Strike": With the changes to the Brute/Genius Combat Skill. Mind's Eye needs a rework. Currently it grants a Free Clash which is kinda cool but not really in line with the Class. The Perk should complement the Class Skill which for Visionary is Critical Hits. "After Landing Three Critical Hits the Visionary can attempt a Mind's Eye Strike. Mind's Eye Strike Hits For Attack Value (x8)." - Hollow Race Changes Are Live Hollow Race Thread Hollow Race Techs System Updated - Shinigami/Vaizard Race Changes Shunko Is Up. Full Vaizard under works Mukyu Shunko under works - Fate Point Shop Update Following Items Changed To Majors: [3 POINTS] SHUNKO: [Shinigami Exclusive] (CANNOT be purchased if your character has Hollowfication: VAIZARD.) [3 POINTS] Hollowfication - VAIZARD: (CANNOT be purchased if your character has SHUNKO.) [4 POINTS] Resurrección - SEGUNDA ETAPA: [Arrancar Exclusive] [3 POINTS] REISHI HEISŌ: [Quincy Exclusive] [3 POINTS] POWER TRANSFERENCE: [Fullbring Exclusive] (CANNOT be purchased if your character has Duality.) Following Items Changed To Minors: [10 POINTS] Shinigami - MUKYŪ SHUNKŌ: [Shinigami Exclusive] W.I.P [Ultimate] [10 POINTS] Vaizard - FULL HOLLOW FORM: [VAIZARD Extension] W.I.P [Ultimate] [9 POINTS] Hollow - HŌGYOKU FUSION: [Hollow Exclusive] W.I.P [Ultimate] [10 POINTS] Fullbringer - AWAKENED: [Fullbringer Exclusive] W.I.P [Ultimate] [4 POINTS] ENHANCED HIGH-SPEED REGENERATION: [Hollow Exclusive] (Only Hollows Who Evolved To Arrancar From Vasto Lorde) [4 POINTS] ENHANCED HIERRO: [Hollow Exclusive] (Only Hollows Who Evolved To Arrancar From Vasto Lorde) [7 POINTS] REIRYOKU SPECIALIST TRAIT - Talisman Updates "San Patch Did Some Stuff, Yada Yada Yada" Talisman of Might: "This o-fuda is inscribed with the word 'might'. It imbues its bearer with incredible power." [Prevents Connor's Attacks from being Clashed for 1 Turn.] [Cost: 1000 ND - 5 Turn Cooldown - 3 Uses Per Battle] Owner: Connor Knight★ Talisman of Karma: "This o-fuda is inscribed with the word 'karma'. The bearer of this talisman is bestowed karmic favor and will reap the swift rewards for the transgressions of others upon them." [Enemy Loses 210 ND for every Attack issued against Masato for 1 Turn.] [Cost: 1000 ND - 5 Turn Cooldown - 3 Uses Per Battle] Owner: Masato Hizorashi Talisman of Clarity: "This o-fuda is inscribed with the word 'clarity'. It grants unclouded clarity, clearness of mind, and wards off illusions and confusion." [Oriru's next attack to land on an enemy within the next 2 turns is counted as an (Attack Value)x7 Critical Hit regardless of where it lands. Applies to Partials as well. If the attack lands on true Critical Hit Zone (neck and above) the next attack afterwards will also be an (Attack Value)x8 Critical Hit.] [Cost: 1000 ND - 5 Turn Cooldown - 3 Uses Per Battle] Owner: Oriru Kusho★ Talisman of Dominance: "This o-fuda is inscribed with the word 'dominance'. It imbues its bearer with unrivaled might." [Prevents Ryūnosuke's attacks from being Full Blocked/Partially Blocked for 1 Turn. His attacks will break shields and barriers to hit their target.] [Cost: 1000 ND - 5 Turn Cooldown - 3 Uses Per Battle] Owner: Tamura Ryūnosuke★ Talisman of Vitality: "This o-fuda is inscribed with the word 'vitality'. It imbues its bearer with great youthful vigor and tenacity." [Allows San to gain 300 ND for each of his attacks that Partially Hit. 600 ND for each of his attacks that Critical Hits/Direct Hits. (ND Gain Caps at 2,100). For the next 2 turns.] [Cost: 1000 ND - 5 Turn Cooldown - 3 Uses Per Battle] Owner: San Salvatore - Character Kits That Could Use Some TLC Kaeru Xarius★: Minor Tweaks Connor Knight★: Minor Tweaks Yamashiro Gamazi: Full Rework - Clarification For Equipment Item Fate Points Price Ranges. The Maximum amount of FP an Equipment Item can cost is 5 Fate Points. The Equipment Item itself can cost anything from 1-4 FP based on the strength of the item. If the Equipment Item costs less than 5FP there are other features that can be bought as augments. 1 FP: Insurance #1 "Indestructibility" (Cannot Be Destroyed Upon Defeat) 1 FP: Insurance #2 "Anti-Theft" (Cannot Be Stolen Upon Defeat) 1 FP: Trade/Gift (Can Be Traded or Gifted To Another Player) 1 FP: +10 ??? Stat (Adds +10 To A Single Stat - Limited To 1 Per Item) Note: This is the system for grading and pricing Personal Equipment Items purchased from the Fate Points Shop. May not necessarily apply to Equipment Items from Events or loot from NPCs.
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    A Savage Hunt

    007: The Akihiko 'Aiden' Kaine Job __________ [1]... Jin got shot. Aiden still ain't shit. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jin Got Shot. He ded --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] Don't Matter, Jin Got Shot ND|000 ____________________ WC|Shot, Just Like Jin Was.
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    The Harrowing Recess

    ENW 21: The Harrowing Recess: Survivors vs. Egriffiend PRT 2 ___________________  ... RYŪNOSUKE sucked his teeth as Tomoe leaped backwards and evading his swing. [1] Despite the success of his strike at Tomoe's left knee, he recognized that he'd missed a huge window of opportunity. The teenager nodded back to Connor and shared the brief moment of camaraderie as Tomoe retreated from them. In the short time they'd know one another Ryūnosuke had come to think of both Connor and Hizorashi as trustworthy friends. In the beginning he worried that he was the weak link of the trio and that maybe Connor and Masato thought him to be beneath them due to his age. It wasn't much longer after that when the teenager well under the possession of Tomoe. If they wanted to, they could have left him as a wailer, but they didn't and instead risked their own well-beings to save him and were even prepared to wage war against the Shinigami to save Chizuru. The teenager's eyes quickly drifted to the burn scar on Connor's forearm and he recounted the moment their immense powers collided. There was one thing he learned from that clash, Connor hadn't only knocked the ghost out of him, but also the self-doubt that had plagued Ryūnosuke up until that point. He realized that Connor and Masato had at no point looked down at him, they saw him as their equal and their comrade. As he stood at Connor's side now that fact couldn't be any better asseverated. The fiery orange glow in the Tengu-masked teenager's eyes now burned with excitement and confidence as he watched the mist rise and contort around Tomoe's form. The mist twisted and turned upon itself as it split into several dozen blue-eyed torrents that sudden shot towards the two Fullbringers as Tomoe glided away. It was clear in Connor's actions that he was also aware of Tomoe's intentions. While the mist wraiths were a considerably annoying, they were meant to do nothing more than temporarily distract the pair long enough for Tomoe to direct her attention to the others and create some distance between herself and the two Fullbringers. Ryūnosuke lowered his stance and faced the incoming horde of wraiths head on. A spark of dark-orange Reiatsu formed in his left hand and materialized into second baseball bat. The teenager crossed the bats in front of him just as the first few wraiths gnawed and slashed at him. The wraiths rammed into the bats one after the other and were deflected downwards in front of him, as he allowed each hit to slightly push him back just an inch or so. It wasn't long before most of the wraiths were in view in front of him and at a lower elevation. Ryūnosuke grinned and raised his real bat high above his head before swinging it downwards upon one of the wraiths, obliterating it instantly and momentarily clearing the mist all around him, revealing the overgrown grass. The very same swing then produced a pressurized wave of force that slammed the majority of the remaining wraiths into the ground with enough force to disperse them. The Tengu-masked teenager then charged forwards and disposed of the others in a flurry of swings with his two bats. The last of the wraiths on his end was destroyed with a final devastating swing of the energy bat as it shattered upon contact and pierced the mist creature with pointed splinters of solidified Reiatsu. ----- ... RYŪNOSUKE also saw Tomoe slip into the mist below and begin to glide around in the distance. He stood at the ready, in anticipation of the fiendish Demi-Hollow's next move. A moment passed and both Fullbringers realized that Lady Tomoe had zero intention of confronting them in close-quarters --the Tengu-masked teenager of course couldn't blame her for feeling that way. Judging by their last encounter, it was almost tragically obvious that Connor and Ryūnosuke far out-classed her in physical strength, while her forte was in the manipulation of spiritual energy, particularly her seemingly infinite arsenal of mist-based attacks. Still, that understanding didn't make Tomoe's cautious off-hand approach any less annoying for either of the Fullbringers and the assault she deployed next only exasperated them further. As the volley of mist tendrils tipped with gnashing maws of mismatched human bones fired towards them with incredible speed that caught even Ryūnosuke slightly off-guard, they each verbally stated their disdain for the new development. "I'm gonna crack her head open!" Ryūnosuke declared as he charged forwards with Connor. They both seemed to have simultaneously arrived at the same conclusion. If Tomoe wasn't going to come to them willingly, they'd just chase her down like predators running down their cowering prey. The mist arms were too much of a threat for Ryūnosuke to not give them his undivided attention, but having full trust and belief in his comrade's abilities, he knew Connor would manage just fine on his own. [1-2] Ryūnosuke's most efficient means of dealing with the barrage of attacks was to evade them. He did so by dashing in a zigzagged path and mixed in a few Bringer Light steps and brief bursts of flight. The fact that each individual attack altered its trajectory to match his movement proved to be the most stressful aspect of the whole ordeal, as it prevented the teenager from staying the same course for any longer than a millisecond. He was silent through the entire sequence of evasive maneuvers. Each action demanded every bit of his concentration. The first nine mist arms collided with the ground and exploded into shards of bones barely centimeters away from his sides. [3] It came do to the last of the mist arms which honed in on Ryūnosuke just as Connor had finished blocking all the attacks launched at him and closed in on Tomoe. Ryūnosuke angled his bat in front of his body and blocked the last bone jaw, then he followed closely behind Connor a few feet to his right side. "Right behind you!", the teenager announced as Tomoe finally sprung up from the mist with an attack and was promptly engaged upon by Connor. Ryūnosuke couldn't see Connor's exact movements from his current position but it was clear that he not only deflected Tomoe's attack but had possibly mounted a counterattack of his own. [4] Ryūnosuke slid to a sudden halt and responded, "Yeah!", to Connor's "Batter Up" mid the latter's forceful swing of Tomoe's entire body. With barely five feet between them, Ryūnosuke began to make the motions of entering a swinging position; his left hand crossed half-way in front of him and he started to twist his torso to the left. But, it was all a feint. The very moment Tomoe was released from Connor's grasp, the teenager revealed his true intentions. He stood square with his bat nestled just an inch from his chest and lined up diagonally with the handle facing Tomoe's right hip and the end of the bat extended just above her left shoulder. Ryūnosuke would brace himself for the impact and Tomoe would practically be hugging him as he looked over her shoulder towards Connor, grinning manically from ear to ear, his features appeared to darken with a mischievous expression. [5] Without wasting a single second, Ryūnosuke pushed outwards at a right and upwards angle --hitting Tomoe with the bat in the process. He exerted just enough strength so that Tomoe would be unable to resist the backwards shove and be displaced only a foot away, giving the teenager enough room to complete the full upwards extension of his arms and bat while also sliding his right foot six inches forwards. "HE BUNTED HER!", the obnoxious voice of Lumpu announced-- [6] Precisely as Ryūnosuke brought his bat back down with the full weight of his physical might upon to smooth curve of Tomoe's collar. [7] Ryūnosuke did not let up yet. He rotated both his wrists around the grip of his bat to the right and followed-up with sudden sweep of his bat to the left, just as Connor had done before. [8] "EAT-!" Ryūnosuke shouted with the sudden eruption of his Reiatsu with the full completion of his swing, "SHIT!". If Tomoe moved or not nothing would change the fact that Ryūnosuke's swing released an explosive crackle and a ring of smoke where the sound barrier had been broken between the barrel of the teenager's bat and Tomoe's neck. [9] Should his signature attack, dubbed the M.H.B by the other members of WILD'S land, Tomoe would have likely been sent blistering through the air and possibly slammed into the ground. Whatever the case, Ryūnosuke was now hunched forwards with his back slightly to Connor if his partner hadn't moved. The entire barrel of his bat buried into the ground. The teenager would look over his right shoulder and shout "Connor!", as he smiled at his comrade and raised a thumbs-up. His expression bright with the satisfaction of having exacted a fair bit of sweet vengeance, before his expression suddenly turned to a serious of approval and admiration "Nice pitch!", he finished proudly. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [TURN STATS] --------------------------- [ACTIONS] --------------------------- [BATTING STAGE #1] Direct/Critical Hits To Prime Soul Buster (霊・バスター, Rei Basutā): 1/2 || Hits To Prime Brute Sub-Class "Devastating Blow" 1/4 Full Dodge (209 SPD) Lady Tomoe's Lamento Tajada Pandemonio (95 STR - 215 SPD) x9. [ND Cost: 855] || [New ND: 4,845] Full Block (205 SPD) Lady Tomoe's Lamento Tajada Pandemonio (95 STR - 215 SPD) x1. [ND Cost: 200] || [New ND: 4,645] Full Block (205 SPD) Connor's Throw/Slam Of Lady Tomoe (205 STR - 210 SPD). [ND Cost: 200] || [New ND: 4,445] Diagonal Bat Shove At Lady Tomoe's Torso. [Damage: 141 STR] [Speed: 206] || [1/4 Attack Moves] Follow-up Downwards Bat Swing Into Lady Tomoe's Neck. [Damage: 205 STR] [Speed: 206] || [2/4 Attack Moves] Follow through Leftwards Swing To The Side Of Lady Tomoe's Neck. [Damage: 205 STR] [Speed: 206] || [3/4 Attack Moves] Crackling M.H.B: Shockwave To the Side Of Lady Tomoe's Head/Neck. [Damage: 205 STR] [Speed: 206] || [Free Attack Move] || [1/7 - 1 Turn Cooldown] Force of Attack Knocking Lady Tomoe Into The Ground. [Damage: 205 STR] [Speed: 206] || [4/4 Attack Moves] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND| 4,445 ______________________________ WC|1,510 -----
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    The Harrowing Recess

    ENW 20: The Harrowing Recess: Survivors vs. Egriffiend PRT 1 [Continuation From: Egriffiend's Night of Wailing] ___________________  ... RYŪNOSUKE tightened his fingers around the grip of his bat just before he swung forwards and released a scorching wave of flames that incinerated the remaining Rotted Wailers in his path. From where they were, the harrowing recess, a massive hurricane-like body of violently spiraling mist could be seen in the horizon. It was a strange feeling, until this moment the teenager hadn't seen the recess in person; he'd only seen it in his head and felt it in his mind and heart. He knew it was all due to Tomoe's possession and that the memories weren't truly his own, but now he couldn't shake the feeling that he was "returning" to a place he'd been before. A place familiar to him. The teenager's expression hardened with anger and disgust. Despite being free from her grasp, the trauma of being under her influence still plagued him. He recalled being manipulated and toyed with and it only fueled his anger further. Lady Tomoe would regret messing in his head. "We're almost there!", He declared to the others as he advanced with even greater haste. He could see exorcised spirits rising from the charred and electrocuted corpses that littered their path as they ascended back into the mist. His only thought was on his confidence in the combined strength of the Fullbringers and the Shinigami and his certainty that they could save all the spirits imprisoned in Tomoe's grasp. Nothing could stop them now. The coalition arrived before the towering mist barrier in no time at all. As they stood before the anomaly, the teenager looked back at the others as they arrived and did a quick headcount, mainly checking for Hizorashi. "This is it." Ryūnosuke stated as he faced the mist wall. He reached into his pocket and pulled out the four fragments of his Tengu mask. Hizorashi had returned them to him earlier but Ryūnosuke hadn't had the chance to properly address the matter at that moment. He mentally recounted Hizorashi's comment, "Seemed important.", and chuckled under his breath as he envisioned an infuriated Kiyoko berating him as she glared daggers right before he was forced to suffer intense physical labor at her mercy. "Hizorashi-san, you have no idea.", he exclaimed mentally in relief. Ryūnosuke took a brief moment to concentrate his energy to manipulate the soul of his mask and "pulled" it through Fullbring; essentially forcing the mask to repair itself in his left palm as he lifted it to his face. As he lowered his hand, the results of his handiwork were visible: a reformed mask that looked brand new from a short distance, although on close inspection one could make out where the cracks had been and there was a chipped fragment missing from the left horn. "Let's end this shit." The teenager stated as he marched into the mist. He held his bat in his left arm and raised his elbow to shoulder-height with the barrel of his bat pointed to the ground and aligned with his side. While his arm guarded his head and neck from any incoming debris, his bat did the same for his side. He suspected the rightwards push of the mist was nothing most of the group couldn't handle, but unfortunately that wasn't the only threat within the mist barrier. The teenager felt some remorse for the Shinigami who were lost to the mist one after the other, but he never looked back as he led the advance. There was no turning around now --no time for doubts or hesitations-- and he assumed all the Shinigami understood and accepted that fact. Most importantly, he hoped that Captain Oriru understood and accepted it. Anyone they lost now would not be able to help them in the fight against Tomoe, but they could still be saved like the others. Regardless of his own strong and negative opinion of the seated officer, Ryūnosuke had to acknowledge that Tenzaimon seemed to have understood it and if he could, so could anyone else. Ryūnosuke did not look back as Tenzaimon offered his last words to Captain Oriru but he did reaffirm them, "He's right-!" The teenager was forced to pause and plant his feet as a gravestone smacked into his bat with a loud clang before it whirled off through the mist again. "We can do this... we'll save them all, Oriru!" Ryūnosuke shouted. The teenager soon broke through the wall of mist with Connor to his left, he couldn't see any of the others yet, but he had hope that more of them would get through soon. The teenager barely took a second to observe his strange surroundings, none of the phenomenon really surprised him, but it was still a very surreal to behold in person. He could say the same for Lady Tomoe herself. As she spoke Ryūnosuke spiked his Reiatsu, twirled his bat in his left hand, and charged forwards at the same instant Connor had. Their incredible speeds matched as they advanced, and forced the floating debris to push outwards from their path. ----- ... RYŪNOSUKE maintained visual contact Tomoe through his entire charge, even while he noted Connor's movements from his peripheral. Slightly delayed behind the teenager was Lumpu; the small blob of seemingly sentient energy with the obnoxiously childish voice, hovered closely at Ryūnosuke's right and exclaimed. "Play Ball!" [1] As Tomoe started her first twirl, Lumpo enthusiastically announced. "Tomoe the Number One of Team Mist Bitch winds up the pitch!". Ignoring Lumpu --as he always did-- Ryūnosuke instead took note of the shift in the mist in front of him and observed the incoming blade of mist as it rose from below. His next right footstep forwards barely reached an inch from the surface before a white rectangle formed on the ground around the teenager and he swung his bat in a full arc from his left. This released a shockwave of force to counter the mist blade as he continued his advance. He noticed that the mist blade lost form momentarily, and then reformed behind him and shoot outwards. "Ace hits it!" He released his bat at the end of his swing as his left arm crossed over his chest. The bat whirled through the air and out of Ryūnosuke's view --but never truly out of his "reach". [2] Ryūnosuke was twice over warned of the next attack. Firstly he'd observed Tomoe's movement and intuitively guessed another attack was inbound. The swing of Tomoe's arm suggested it was a horizontal attack that would most likely come from the left. Although he couldn't see any changes in the mist, the teenager dropped low into a forwards slide as an orange square-shaped energy platform formed on the ground in front of him --the designation of First Base. Both of the horizontal slashes passed seamlessly over Ryūnosuke's head as his foot touched on the base. "SAFE!" Lumpu announced, right in time with Connor's warning. "Got it!" Ryūnosuke confirmed as he rolled forwards and continued his advance, now slightly behind his partner. [3] It was clear that Connor would be the first to engage Tomoe, but that wouldn't stop Ryūnosuke from seizing the opportunity. It wasn't likely that Tomoe could mount a full offensive on them both at once or that she could afford to be preoccupied with him while Connor was an immediate threat. In this situation, Connor was in a much better position to score and Ryūnosuke could capitalize on that. The Tengu-masked teenager's bat blurred back into the grasp of his open right hand as he altered his trajectory ever so slightly to the left and with a sudden Bringer Light step, instantly propelled himself the remaining distance between himself, Connor, and Tomoe. The teenager landed his step in the very moment that Connor stabbed. Ryūnosuke positioned himself in an crouch under the shaft of Connor's spear, between his comrade and Tomoe. The full reach of Connor's spear provided ample room for him to freely maneuver. From his lowered position Ryūnosuke swung leftwards at the side of Tomoe's left knee. In this position, he also insured that no rising attacks could be used to interrupt Connor's attacks as they would have to pass through Ryūnosuke first. The Tengu-masked teen blurred ahead a second time, further to Connor's left as the electrical surge was released from the spear. [4] And finally, when Connor started his left-bound swing, Ryūnosuke would be half-way through a counterclockwise spin that would end with the barrel of his bat careening in a horizontal swing perfectly aligned with either Tomoe's head or neck depending on her height at the moment of Connor's swing. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [TURN STATS] --------------------------- [ACTIONS] --------------------------- [BATTING STAGE #1] Clashed (205 STR) Lady Tomoe's Vertical Lamento Tajada (200 REI). WON [ND Cost: -200 Ryūnosuke ||-305 To Lady Tomoe] || [1/4 Attack Moves] || [New ND: 5,900] Full Dodge (209 SPD) + [BASE - ADVANCE] Lady Tomoe's Horizontal Lamento Tajada (200 REI - 220 SPD). [ND Cost: 200] || [New ND: 5,700] Horizontal Bat Swing At Lady Tomoe's Left Knee. [Damage: 205 STR] [Speed: 206] || [2/4 Attack Moves] Horizontal Bat Swing At Lady Tomoe's Head/Neck. [Damage: 205 STR] [Speed: 206] || [3/4 Attack Moves] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND| 5,700 ______________________________ WC|1,440 -----
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    Fullbringer Race

    Fullbringers (完現術者(フルブリンガー), Furuburingā): are spiritually-aware Humans born with the eponymous ability Fullbring, which allows them to manipulate the souls that reside in all physical matter. Their powers are constituted by Hollows. Fullbringer Templates Fullbringer Fullbringer Releases Fullbring Release Path: Fullbring Duality "Augmentation-Type" Fullbring "Power Transference" Fullbring "Awakened" Fullbringer Race Abilities/Techniques Gafu / Poriputiku Techniques -----
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    Announcements

    Live Changes 01/09/2020 - Shinigami Race Changes Are Live "Finally! Many Thanks To FrogMod." Shinigami Duality Updates: "Spirit Tempest" can now be activated for both Shikai/Bankai in the same battle. Now officially counted as a Shield/Barrier technique. Kidō (Bakudō, Hadō, Kaidō) Race Techniques System Revamped: All Kidō now have a set Power that cannot be altered. Kidō can be used at their Full Power as long as the Shinigami meets the requirements to learn them and has learned them. Shunkō Updates: Shunkō is being poised as a viable competitor/alternative to Hollowfication (Still being ironed out) should be finalized soon. Fate Points cost for Shunkō adjusted to [6 Points]. Spending Slots To Learn Kidō Adjusted: Given the considerable changes made to the Kidō system overall and how much stronger they have become as a result. The cost is too low for what Shinigami end up gaining now. New Cost: 2 Release Technique Slots -or- 4 Non-Release Stats. Custom Kidō Passives Removed. Custom Kido Spells are still in. The Custom Kido Power will scale with character Reiryoku and can be of any Kidō classification (Bakudō, Hadō, Kaidō). All Shinigami Race Changes Can Be Found Here: Shinigami Race Thread - New RP Feature "Equipment Items" What Is This?: With a lot of RP events and arcs on the way and the Completion of the first major event of Resurge 2019 we've seen our first Event Rewards and can expect to see more in the future. An understandable concern is how these bonus items which essentially function as extra abilities/utility will remain worthwhile without severely messing with Combat/Power Kit balance? Simple problems need simple solutions. Rewards from Arcs/Events/Missions are now officially known as "Equipment Items" and normally your character can only carry 1 of them on their person at a time --normally (more on this later). While your character may own an endless number of equipment items they can only use 1 in battle and that Item must be listed with their stats in their first post entering battle. All owned Equipment Items must be listed on your Character Stat Page. Equipment Items come in various types and behave differently. Some can be stolen, traded, destroyed. Some can be sold for Fate Points. Some expire. Some may be available for a limited time. Some are strong, some aren't as strong. They all come with an inherit ability or usage and the cost of using them may vary. Lastly, Equipment Items can be purchased in the Fate Points Shop. But The price of an item will depend on how strong it is, 1-5 FP is the cost range. The Process of buying a FP Equipment Item starts with making the Application for it and posting it in your Character Application Thread. Equipment Item Name: | Intended FP Cost: | Ability: (Mods will do the rest.) - Fate Points Shop Updates "Some New Goodies" REIRYOKU SPECIALIST Trait Updated: As a Major FP Purchase, this one just wasn't performing and didn't really have it's own identity. Changes to Kidō have presented an opportunity for this Trait to mean alot more. At the moment its best suited to Shinigami but it's being fleshed out to be more attractive across the board. Basic Concept: "Reiryoku Specialist Trait makes learning Race Techniques even easier and makes them stronger." - New Fate Point Shop Purchases - Upcoming Changes Hollow/Cero/Segunda Updates - Fullbringer Duality Adjustments - Finalizing Reiryoku Specialist Effects
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    Egriffiend's Night of Wailing [Event Arc]

    ENW 19: Crisis Averted! Onwards To End The Night of Wailing [Niebla Nefasta Effect: Disabled with Talisman] [Tick Counter: 9 Disabled] [REMAINING ND|6,100] ___________________  ... RYŪNOSUKE sighed with relief as the Captain agreed with his line of reasoning and even acknowledged that the buildup of pain and emotions was what truly lied at the root of their conflict and not any ill-intent or prejudice. Glad to have been able to reach the Shinigami with his words, Ryūnosuke nodded affirmatively as Oriru gave his promise that the Shinigami would cooperate with the Fullbringers to defeat Tomoe and furthermore that Chizuru would be returned unharmed. Ryūnosuke took a moment to watch the exchange of hostages between Connor and Tenzaimon. He noted that he'd later have to thank Connor for the support and solidarity he'd displayed throughout all the events leading up until this point. Truthfully, Connor and Hizorashi both. He doubted either of them actually realized how grateful Ryūnosuke was to them and how much he owed them. "So, Tamura. What's next?", asked the Captain after he also confirmed that the terms of the negotiation were being honored on both sides. In response to the question Ryūnosuke nodded to his left. "Tomoe's grave is located in the North-east quadrant of the cemetery. She can't leave her grave sight, and that's where she tried to drive all the humans." The teenager whirled his bat once and took a deep breath. "She's not gonna make it easy, but we can get through.", the teenager stated confidently. "There is one other thing, your guys were definitely right about the mist being a Fullbring, but Tomoe herself is something else now. I don't know what to call it, but its like she's in a transition between a spirit and a Hollow." Ryūnosuke looked back to quickly confirm Hizorashi's status and signaled to him with a nod. He then addressed the entire coalition of Fullbringers and Shingami, "Regardless, defeating her is the key to getting rid of the mist. That bastard Sanetoki is another issue altogether, but we'll cross that bridge when we reach it... Let's go." The teenager suddenly took off in the direction of Tomoe's grave at a blistering speed but one he was sure most of the group could follow without being left too terribly behind. He used his bat and pressurized waves of force to swap away wailers in droves as he led the way certain that at least Oriru and Connor matched his pace if not surpassed him at times to handle the strayed and incoming wailers... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [UPDATED STATS] --------------------------- [Left Thread] [Continues In: The Harrowing Recess] ______________________________ WC|400 ----- OOC| Equipment Obtained: ["Talisman of Dominance"] Ryūnosuke's o-fuda. Unlocked Achievement: #12 [FOUR IS A PARTY (2): Complete A Thread Role-Playing with 3 or more other Role-Players (Minimum 5 Post).
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    Egriffiend's Night of Wailing [Event Arc]

    ENW 18: Crossed Paths [Niebla Nefasta Effect: Disabled with Talisman] [Tick Counter: 9 Disabled] [REMAINING ND| 7,378 - 1,278 = 6,100] ___________________  ... RYŪNOSUKE felt the bitter cold sting of Egriffiend's touch as his soul was latched into the grasp of the mist and partially pulled from his mortal form. The "transformation" had occurred almost as instantly as the mist filled the administration building. The whitening of his skin, greying of his eyes, the drafts of mist that poured from his mouth, the shrill of his distorted voice, and of course the sudden change in his behavior were the Frenzied Wailer effects broadcasted by the teenager. The unseen and unspoken reality of the transformation was a saga in its own right. It began with the resurgence of the beckoning voices and lamenting wails of spirits within the mist as they collectively pointed out Sanetoki from the inhabitants of the room. From the perspective of his comrades, potential foes, and neutral parties within the building, Ryūnosuke loudly declared Sanetoki as the true mastermind behind the Night of Wailing but that hadn't been the will of the Tengu-masked Teen --not entirely at least. Smashing the door, and burning the talisman on the doorway, that was Ryūnosuke start to finish. The letter had given him the knowledge he needed to conclude HE was present in the administration building and furthermore that He had not only survived the previous Night of Wailing but had also returned this year. Being previewed to information not disclosed to his comrades or the Shinigami, Ryūnosuke understand the potential threat posed by the mystery man better than anyone. It placed him in the uniquely critical position of having to make a decisive and seemingly bizarre decision. All the clues had pointed to one man being the root cause and there was no doubt that the one man who was responsible was indeed present among them. Unfortunately, the quickest and most reliable way of unveiling his identity was for Lady Tomoe to do it herself. The teenager figured that exposing the other humans to the mist wouldn't be an issue if the talismans worked as Kiri claimed. So far Kiri had given Ryūnosuke no reasons to doubt him. Furthermore, with at least Connor and Masato to rely on, the humans couldn't be in safer hands. Sadly, what Ryūnosuke had not accounted for was just how close Lady Tomoe had set him towards his transformation into a Frenzied Wailer and the fact that He was fully prepared to bomb the entire building should he be exposed. Careened backwards through the air and pelted with wooden and concrete debris as the deadly magenta blast erupted, the teenager came to a sudden stop after he collided with one of the stone lanterns. His vision painted with a mauvish-crimson hue, Ryūnosuke sprung to his feet. He could feel he was no longer in full control of his body. It was now shared by another, an invading spirit under Egriffiend's control. It was that spirit who growled and charged at Sanetoki. In that time, the essence of the real Ryūnosuke was spreading throughout the mist and endowed with all its secrets. As a Frenzied Wailer, there was nothing hidden from him as he was accepted by Lady Tomoe entirely. He saw and felt her memories and feelings as if they were his own and he now understood everything... ----- He saw the life of Tomoe Tagashi from her teenage years until the moment of her passing at the age of forty-one, just three years ago. She'd had her fair share of adventures and endured more than her fill of trials and tribulations. First and foremost, Tomoe was a Fullbringer, but she'd also been many other things throughout her lifetime. An estranged daughter, a student, unemployed then employed for a time, happily married and later divorced, a mother full-time and then a mother only every other week. Then, tragically not a mother at all when her seven year-old son and her ex-husband both passed away in a terrible car accident. For a time a heartbroken and anguished Tomoe lost the will to live, but she ultimately realized the immeasurable value of grief. Indeed, the most important things in life were being kind and loving to those one held dear in their lifetime and then mourning and remembering them in their passing. That was what Tomoe did for her son and ex-husband. Sadly, with no family and very few "friends" Tomoe often felt alone, the emptiness left behind by the passing of her son was one that could never been filled. Still, Tomoe was kind and caring to those around her until to time of her own death. With no listed relatives or next of kin, Tomoe Tagashi was buried in the old Karakura cemetery. The sight of her grave was were her spirit waited in solitude; waited to be mourned and grieved by the people she was kind to and the people who cared for her. Tomoe wait and waited... but no one ever came. No one visited her grave, placed flowers or prayed for her, no one cared for her. Worse yet, much to Tomoe's sorrow and despair, she was not the only unmourned and forgotten. All around her were countless graves that were never visited. In fact, it seemed the entire cemetery was forgotten and abandoned. Bitter with sadness and a feeling of betrayal, Tomoe was unable to pass on and thus her soul anchored itself to her grave sight. Night and day, Tomoe cried and mourned the thousands of others laid to rest within the cemetery and she continued to do so until the day the devil Kotaekōruyama Sanetoki arrived. ----- Ryūnosuke's presence of mind dangled somewhere between watching the events as the unfolded and seeing Tomoe's lifetime play out in front of him. He did both from the perspective of third party, though occasionally his perspective would cut between being inside his body with minimal control over his actions and being more of a specter that hung almost literally over his own shoulders. The connection to his body was always strongest when his abilities were being used. During those moments the teenager was capable of speech but he felt as if he was in a constant state of choking, unable to inhale, he simply expelled the mist-filled breaths of air from his lungs and throat. It was obvious that the spirit with which his body was currently shared possessed little-to-no combat experience. Ryūnosuke could do nothing but watch as his body ineffectively thrashed and flailed about before being unceremoniously pummeled into the ground by Sanetoki. The teenager was markedly furious with the inexcusably poor handing of his body and powers as well as his inability to intervene. However nothing brought on the teenagers ire and fury like the sight of the scurrying trio of Shinigami as they grabbed Chizuru's defenseless body and ran into the mist, no doubt towards the vortex anomaly. The voice of Lady Tomoe cried in Ryūnosuke's mind and demanded he prevent the Shinigami from reaching the vortex --no doubt motivated by her own interest in self-preservation. Her suggestions were not even needed, as Ryūnosuke was of his own volition sharply opposed to the actions of the Shinigami. In his rage, he pushed back against even the control of the invading spirit and Tomoe's influence. "GIVE HER BAAAAAAAACK!" , he roared before he charged forwards. Despite his limited control, which allowed for almost the full utilization of his physical capabilities, Ryūnosuke could feel that his mind was still tainted by the Niebla Nefasta which compelled him to attack anyone in his way, even those Ryūnosuke saw as allies. Everyone was an enemy until Chizuru was back in his arms. "OUT OF MY WAY!" Frenzied Wailer Tengu roared once more as a torrent of flame ignited around the length of his metal bat and was then suddenly released in a ferocious wave of scorching flames as he swung at Connor. As Ryūnosuke's blazing bat was promptly met with the clash of Connor's lightning-charged forearm the ensuing cataclysmic reaction of their two immense powers mixing and colliding seemed to catch the teenager by surprised. Several strayed bolts of yellow lightning snapped and bit at Ryūnosuke, hitting him in the front with enough force to cause a slight recoil in his footing with each subsequent strike. The repeated shocks to his muscles paralyzed them in place and stifled the teenager's mobility just long enough for Connor to deliver the talisman-headed palm strike to his unmasked and bloodied forehead. In the moment the strike landed, Ryūnosuke felt his essence return fully to his physical form as the foreign presence was immediately expelled with a sharp exhale followed by what felt like the first breath of air Ryūnosuke had taken after holding his breath for several minutes. As he fell backwards his senses were blurred and numb and he heard Connor's muffled voice as if he was listening to it through an enclosed vacuum. "I’m going ahead to try and get that girl’s body back.", were Connor's words as Ryūnosuke stared forwards in a daze still trying to regain his bearings. "I’ll back you up as soon as I’m certain the wounded are tended to.", responded the voice of Hizorashi as Connor disappeared and Hizorashi's face appeared in the teenager's view. He felt the man's right hand hold the back of his head in place just as Hizorashi clobbered him with an unprovoked headbutt. Despite the visible annoyance displayed in his expression after the hit, the fact he had a clear reaction to it at all was evidence that the headbutt served its intended purpose and had knocked the teenager out of his daze. Ryūnosuke let out a pained grunt. He hunched forwards and placed a hand on Hizorashi's shoulder as the man spoke to him. "They have your girlfriend, and with that stunt you pulled earlier, I can barely blame them. You owe us some explaining, but she’s a bit higher on our list of priorities." "Yeah." Ryūnosuke muttered, he voice noticeably hoarse and scratchy; his throat was clearly raw from all the roaring and shouting during his time as a Frenzied Wailer. The teenager cleared his throat as he used Hizorashi's shoulder to prop himself to his feet. "Thanks, Hizorashi-san. I'll explain everything later but what's important now is that I know where to find Tomoe." The teenager suddenly flared his Reiatsu, as he took the talisman and wrapped it around the barrel of his metal bat. His eyes ignited with a bright orange glow, the teenager briefly glanced at the three Shinigami who were ordered to stay behind and assist the humans. He couldn't help but be infuriated by what he perceived as hypocrisy and incompetence displayed by the Shinigami leadership. He wondered if he should even consider the actions he was about to take, if the Shinigami were worthy of being negotiated with and could they even be trusted. Ryūnosuke was confident that Connor had considered the very same thoughts before he went off the confront the Shinigami. However, Ryūnosuke understood the situation a bit better than his comrades did. The mist and Lady Tomoe had revealed things to him that Connor and Masato simply weren't aware of. It was information the teenager could have shared, perhaps it had been a mistake on his part to not disclose things before. He preferred to believe the opportunity to do so hadn't presented itself and that's what prevented him. That didn't change the fact that the root of their current predicament was a lack of communication all around. The Fullbringers and the Shinigami were not the same that much was obvious. Nonetheless, Ryūnosuke had come to realize just how much their values were different as well as all the ways in which they were alike and the same. He didn't believe that any of the actions on the part of the Shinigami had been taken from a position of pure evil. Truthfully, he didn't have the authority to pass that kind of judgement on individuals he didn't know. What he did know was that everyone wanted the Night of Wailing to end. And just like Ryūnosuke, the Captain wanted to save and protect his people. It infuriated Ryūnosuke that the Shinigami were prepared to sacrifice the humans and even contradict themselves for the sake of it; but Ryūnosuke also had to consider how far he would be willing to go if he was placed in the same situation. He recognized that in the moment he was prepared to slaughter every Shinigami he could reach, even those who had done him and his no wrong but were still guilty simply by association. To save Chizuru, what were a few massacred Shinigami goons? That line of thought going back and forth and escalating would lead to nothing but disaster and a disaster was the last thing anyone wanted, especially Ryūnosuke. Especially not when he finally had the one thing everyone could use at the moment: Hope. "I'll leave the situation here to you, Hizorashi-san. Join us as soon as you're done but be ready for anything we may have no choice but to fight the Shinigami." Without another word Ryūnosuke blurred forwards through the mist at top speed in a straight line towards Captain Oriru. He left Hizorashi with the confidence his comrade was fully capable of "handling" the situation on his front should a war with the Shinigami become the reality. The only indication of the path Ryūnosuke dashed were the sudden dozens of wailers that caught flame and burned to ash as he passed. ----- ... RYŪNOSUKE came to a sudden halt in front of the Kido Corps Commander. An empty distance of fifteen feet and no more divided them. Any wailers that entered within a twenty foot radius of Ryūnosuke were pelted with a single blob of flames that whipped through the air around the teenager and declared "YER OUT!", repeatedly in an obnoxious and squeaky tone with every wailer that was struck and charred to ash. Ryūnosuke took a moment to observe his surroundings, he noted the Shinigami in a stalemate, held back by an attention-commanding Connor who was in possession of a Shinigami hostage. He nodded to Connor, acknowledging that he was prepared to back him up should negotiations fall through. The teenager noticed Chizuru's body lifeless in the arms of the giant Shinigami, Tenzaimon. He also noted the mysterious three orbs orbiting the Captain. The teenager took a deep breath and gave the man in front of him his full undivided attention. "It's Captain Oriru Kusho, correct?" The teenager's tone was direct and confident, as was his posture as he faced the Captain head on with his bat ready at his side. The kanjis of "kakushin" on the barrel of his bat glowed as intensely as his eyes. "My name is Tamura Ryūnosuke and I don't appreciate what you and your subordinates are doing." Ryūnosuke could hear his words beginning to spill out with his anger. He took another deep breath and continued with a deliberate focus on maintaining a neutral pace and volume. "I understand your intentions... Believe it or not, I think we both want the same thing but this-" Ryūnosuke pointed his bat in the direction of Tenzaimon and Connor. "This ends badly for everyone. You're a Shinigami Captain... you want to protect your people and you want to save the ones that are already in the mist. I get that... I have people in the mist as well and that girl is is one of MY people." Ryūnosuke hit his bat against his chest. "Just like you're prepared to do whatever it takes for your people, I'm prepared to do the same for mine." Ryūnosuke exhaled sharply as he mentally considered the gravity of what a fight between the Shinigami and the Fullbringers would mean at this point. "Look, man. We don't want to fight you here and I don't think you want to fight us either. I know how to get to Lady Tomoe. I know for a fact that the mist goes away and people return to normal if she is defeated. We can work together and potentially save everyone... We can save her." Ryūnosuke didn't mention Genshi by name, but he hoped the Captain would understand exactly who he was referring to. It was a huge risk mentioning Genshi, Ryūnosuke knew it could make or break the negotiation. The idea was to convey that he understood Oriru's position and his motivations better than the Captain might have previously realized. "We can save them all --together." Ryūnosuke lowered his bat to his side once more, "We've all been through a lot, we all want to get through the night with the least number of casualties. Since this started my friends and I have been attacked, wrongfully accused, talked down to- Hell, you guys were ready to condemn us in the mist out of the fear that we might at some point become wailers! And now-" The teenager scoffed, trying to hold back his frustration. "Now, you're trying to turn one of us into a wailer against their will! Tell me, how the fuck does that work, huh?!" The teenager directed his fiery glare to the seated officers and addressed them directly, "Yeah, so much for intellectual and moral consistency... you fucking morons!" Ryūnosuke looked down at his right hand and noticed that it was shaking. Another build up of emotions began to rise from within him and he could feel tears of rage beginning to pool in his eyes. It wasn't fair, he had every right to be angry, every right to want to make the Shinigami hurt, but that wasn't the answer. He wiped his eyes with his left sleeve and quelled his anger with a sniffle. He leveled himself again. "Still, this is bigger than all of us. Despite everything, we're prepared to overlook all of that and work with you to get through this alive. The choice is yours. So, what's it gonna be, Captain Oriru?" Ryūnosuke ended there. Whatever happened next, he believed he'd done the best he could to prevent unnecessary bloodshed at least long enough for them to take care of the real enemies... ______________________________ WC|2,975 -----
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    Announcements

    Live Changes 12/28/2019 - Tier 3 Achievements Series 1 Duration Extended Set to expire on 2/1/2020. Series 2 currently slated for February. Yay! - Agile Class Perk Ghosting has been adjusted to clarify its use better. In situations where the use of Ghosting would logically cause more than a single attack to be avoided, Ghosting will occur as a "flicker" dodge in place rather than a reposition to a different location. - ND Clarification Examples of ND uses in combat have been added to the ND guide under each action. Link Here: Natural Defense Guide - Vaizard Race Changes Finalized Vaizard Changes are finished and updated in the Shinigami Race Thread.
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    Welcome To WILD'S

    019: On The Crucible Of Fate PRT 1 ----- ___________________ ... RYŪNOSUKE raced up the stair to his bedroom with his wallet held tightly in his left hand. His conversation with the two detectives replayed clearly in his head as the teenager imagined --after the fact-- what things he should have or could have said to change the outcome. He hadn't been careful enough and that mistake had effectively given the detectives all the information they needed. Ryūnosuke had served himself up in a gold ribbon. Tamakawa particularly, had pretty much expressed so to the teenager directly. A fact that only further worried Ryūnosuke because despite the fact that Tamakawa had both the evidence --and obviously the motive-- he needed to do so, the detective hadn't taken any action against the teenager whatsoever. Ryūnosuke didn't understand the detectives actions, nor their motivations, and least of all their intentions moving forward. Ryūnosuke plopped himself down on the edge of his bed and tapped his right foot nervously on the floor as he stared deeply into the wall in front of him and racked his mind. The teenager sat anxious and contemplative for a few silent minutes that passed like dripping kuromitsu from a metal spoon. Still, no matter how hard he pondered, Ryūnosuke found himself still plagued with questions and worries by the dozens. Questions he didn't have the answers to. Worries he couldn't be sure were rational or not, and the fear of not knowing just how worried and afraid he should be. After much mental toil, the teenager arrived at a singular conclusion; he needed answers and all hopes of getting them pointed in the direction of the mysterious people who saved his life. The reasons were rather simple; he was clueless on his own and going to the detectives wasn't an option. So, assuming he could even find them, the group of masked individuals were Ryūnosuke's best bet. He figured if they were willing to save his life, they wouldn't mind answering a few questions to help him understand what was going on in this town. Ryūnosuke sprung up from his bed, paced towards the green trench coat hung up behind his bedroom door, and started to rummage through its many flapped pockets. He hoped the owner of the jacket had left something for him to use to get in contact with him in order to return the trench coat. What he found in the inside chest pocket was much more than he'd anticipated. The teenager felt his fingers slide across the surface of what was unmistakably a folded sheet of paper. He pulled the paper out of the pocket and unfolded it, he exhaled a shallow gasp as his eyes landed on a hand-written note. ----- You probably have a lot of questions. We have answers. Come to Sato Gift Shop in Mashiba. We'll be waiting for you. -WILD'S ----- After reading the letter, Ryūnosuke folded the paper again and slipped it into his pocket. He had more than just the address to follow, he'd also been given an open invitation. So, why was he hesitant now? The teenager wondered but quickly came to understand the answer on his own. Perhaps knowing the answers to his questions was far worse than remaining ignorant to them. Maybe there was a blissful innocence in being oblivious of the world he'd been completely unaware of until last night. A world of monsters and supernatural powers. Ryūnosuke lifted his right hand in front of his face and clenched his fist as he again recalled the battle against the monster, Baron Quadhorn. He remembered the immense mysterious energy that surged throughout him and engulfed him like a raging blaze. He'd felt empowered behind his wildest imaginations, beyond what he knew to be humanly possible. It was incredible and still equally terrifying. Ryūnosuke steeled his resolve with that realization. For now his intense desire to understand that strange power outweighed his fear of opening a Pandora's box he wouldn't be able to close again. ----- Ryūnosuke got dressing in a black tracksuit with an orange jersey underneath. He folded the green trench coat and placed it in his gym bag, along with his baseball bat. Before he headed out into town, Ryūnosuke checked on his resting mother; Mariko was still peacefully sleeping off her hangover from the night before. After leaving the house, he locked the door behind him and stood on the corner of the pavement at the intersection of two roads. The teenager looked around for any suspicious characters; he imagined that being tailed by law enforcement might be a reality he'd have to deal with now but, thankfully, that didn't seem to be the case. At least not yet. Confident that he had no unwanted eyes on him, Ryūnosuke started to walk to his destination; the Sato Gift Shop, located in the Mashibi district of Karakura. It was about a twenty minute walk from Ryūnosuke's house but he'd likely have to cut between a few alleys to reach it. As he walk through town on his way to Mashima, Ryūnosuke was repeatedly shaken by the strange entities he was able to see now. On occasion he'd spot beings that looked like normal humans but with chains protruding from their chests. They either walked or stood around in a manner that gave the teenager the sense that they'd been there all along, just invisible to the masses. Many of them looked back at him with an equal amount of curiosity and acknowledged that they could see him as well as he saw them. There were also distant unseen presences that Ryūnosuke could feel all around him. Many faint and others more potent. None as malicious as that of the Baron the night before. As he walked, the teenager wondered about the mysterious group of people who apparently went by the name WILD'S. He was curious about who they were behind the masks, what they intentions were, and what purpose they served in the supernatural world. He found he was more inclined to believe they were out to do good, seeing at they'd saved his life when they had no obligation to do so, and he was thankful for that. Even if he didn't have his own questions or interest in their strange and dangerous world, he did feel he needed to thank them properly and also return the trench coat. Ryūnosuke was particularly interested in meeting the girl with the phoenix mask, as he was certain she was the one who actually pulled him back from the brink of certain death. Before long, Ryūnosuke arrived at the location of the Sato Gift Shop, it was a small humble affair, nestled between a flower store to the left and a small dango shop on a corner facing Karakura Community Park to its right. The outwards appearance of the gift shop was very homey; in fact, gift shop and the dango store appeared to be one with the small house nuzzled behind them, as if they were two separate and welcoming instances into the home itself. The redwood exterior of the shops and the house were very pleasing to behold, and gave off a warmth that Ryūnosuke appreciated. It was nothing like the cold and black monolithic box he had for a home. It was also nothing like the teenager was expecting for the assumed based of operations of a secret supernatural organization. Although, a part of him figured that was the entire point. Looking in through the glass store front of the gift shop, Ryūnosuke could make out tons of colorful merchandise and memorabilia. A lot of seasonal products as well, and a few customers walking about. Looking to his right, Ryūnosuke noticed that the dango store did not appear to be open yet. He adjusted the strap of his gym bag on his right shoulder. There was a suddenly bell jingle, followed by a draft of cold air as the gift shop door opened in from of the teenager just before a friendly male voice called out to him, "Good morning, sir. Welcome to Sato Gift Shop!" Ryūnosuke faced the door again and met face-to-face with a tall young man with sandy blonde hair and green eyes. His hair was styled in a bowl cut with an angled fringe that was parted down the middle. There was a stubble on his chin and his skin-tone was almost a European pale. His other features were unmistakably East Asian, Ryūnosuke noted. The young man appeared to be just a few years older than Ryūnosuke himself; just hitting his early twenties. He had on a plain white apron and what appeared to be a suit on underneath --perhaps distinctly missing a coat, although the teenager could not say for certain. "Ah, you must be the guy in for the interview.", the man stated. Though he didn't recognize the man's face, Ryūnosuke felt a sense of familiarity with the voice. The words "I really wanna save this guy!" played in his head like a memory in the voice of the man standing in front of him. Ryūnosuke, perplexed by the man's statement, barely had a second to fully comprehend it before he young man reached out to him and with a firm but gracious push against the teenager's back, guided him into the store. "H-hold on. What?" Ryūnosuke stammered as he was simultaneously pushed through the shop layout. His eyes observed his surroundings; stacked nearly to the ceiling and from wall-to-to with all manners of products enclosed in glass display cabinets. As he was steered towards the back of the store, between aisles of postcards and picture frames, his legs just naturally followed along as if they were accomplices with stranger and shared his intentions. "Just on time, we've been expecting you." The young man spoke with a deliberate half-shout, it was like he wanted all the customers in the shop to hear what he was saying while muffling out any voiced protest that might have come from the teenager. Ryūnosuke and his pseudo-guide rapidly approached a wall upon which t-shirts, jackets and other clothing accessories where displayed. As they reached the wall the stranger turned Ryūnosuke sharply to the left and put him face to face with a black door with an "Employees Only" sign visible at eye-level. "The manager will see you now for your interview." The young man explained before briskly nudging the teenager towards the door. Ryūnosuke skipped a couple of steps forward and planted his feet to a halt. He paused for a moment and faced the the door, before turning back to look at the young male employee. There was a now a sharp look of acknowledgement perhaps even pride on the man's face as he nodded at Ryūnosuke. The teenager suddenly felt certain that he's met the man before; specifically that he was one of the masked people. The young man seemed to recognize the revelation blooming in Ryūnosuke's eyes and simply nodded again. There was one last confirmation the teenager needed; Ryūnosuke reached to his left side, half-way unzipped his gym bag and pulled out the folded green trench coat. The look in the male employee's eyes as he noticed the coat said more than enough. The teenager smiled and nodded back at the young man, "Thanks for lending it to me.", Ryūnosuke said as he tossed the coat to the employee. The man chuckled and smiled back, "Thanks for returning it." There was an unspoken message in both their expressions of gratitude that was not missed by either of the young men. The employee knew that Ryūnosuke was also thanking him for intervening and saving his life and Ryūnosuke understood that he'd been thanked for answering WILD'S invitation. With that silent interaction alone, Ryūnosuke felt a strange sense of camaraderie with the employee. They were two young men who'd barely known anything about each other, but thanks to the strange and terrifying circumstances that had caused them to meet on a fateful evening, Ryūnosuke felt there was a bond between them in the making a bond that would only grow from this point on. At that moment his heart harbored no doubts and Ryūnosuke confidently approached the door, pulled down the handle, and opened it. "Last door to the left, at the end of the hall. Good luck." The male employee finished before he walked to the side and disappeared behind an aisle. Ryūnosuke cleared his throat and stepped through the doorway. There was a dimly lit hall, about seven feet long, with doors on both sides and a single door at the end. Ryūnosuke walked to the end of the hall and turned towards the last door on the left. He he opened the door without hesitation, expecting to see an office, but was met with a downwards case of stairs that led to some underground facility. The teenager exhaled his held breath and began his descent. He reflected on his actions thus far with every step; he recalled all the chances he'd had until now to turn back. He'd followed the directions on the letter, allowed himself to be pushed through the shop, opened the first door, walked the hall, opened the second door, and was now going down the stairs. His actions thus far were a reflection of how committed he was to the pursuit of this unknown, but still the teenager wondered if he'd passed the point of no return. He'd come this far, and certainly he could turn around and return home, forget everything that happened. The teenager scoffed at that thought. No he couldn't. Ryūnosuke knew that better than anyone. There was no turning back now, the only path for him was forwards. Whether he'd come to regret that decision later was yet to be seen but the teenager sincerely hoped he wouldn't. After all, he had even regret as it was to last him at least a couple of lifetimes. The bottom of the stairs opened up to his left into a massive air-conditioned underground chamber partially lit with panel LED lights. The room closely resembled what Ryūnosuke expected a luxury employee lounge would look like. There was a pantry and a round dining table off in one of the far corners. A black living room set complete with sofas, a glass coffee table, and a 60 inch flat screen television. Looking to his left, Ryūnosuke could see a large portion of the room dedicated to fitness and training equipment. That section with distinguishable by the large grey puzzle foam mats that covered its area as opposed to the maroon carpet seen everywhere else. There were weight racks, treadmills, two multi gym systems, and a few punching bags. To the right of the training area (between it and the living room set) was a more casual recreation space, Ryūnosuke could make out two adjacent Ping-Pong tables, a Foosball table, an Air Hockey table, and a bookshelf stacked with books, but more so with board-game boxes. The middle of the room was distinctly lacking of any furniture besides a large rectangular table with no chairs around it. The room was presently void of any other presences. There were any unique ones triggering the teenager's new "sixth sense", not that he had a particular understanding of how that worked regardless. There was a deadly silence to the room, save the faint hum of the ventilation. Then a smooth feminine voice emerged from deeper in the room, ahead of Ryūnosuke. "Come this way.", the voice called. The teenager looked forwards in the direction of the voice's origin and saw a tall slender woman with long and wavy sandy-blonde hair, done up in a huge ponytail that went down to the base of her spine. She was dressed in an maroon long-sleeve turtleneck and black denim pants. As the teenager walked towards her, he could make out her rose-colored lipstick and finger nails, and her striking green eyes. There was a strong resemblance to the male employee he met moments before, except unlike him there was no mistaking her European heritage. It was also clear that she was much older than Ryūnosuke; she looked to be in her late twenties to early thirties from what Ryūnosuke could tell. Intriguingly, there was a cool and attractive maturity to her appearance and facial features, Ryūnosuke imagined that as much as he hated the act of smoking, this was a woman who could smoke and look incredible while doing it. She smiled as she welcomed Ryūnosuke in another room, there was a formidable sharpness in her gaze as she eyed the teenager and Ryūnosuke felt as if the woman had seen all there was to know about him, discovered all his deepest darkest secrets in that moment and had not been phased by any of them in the slightest. "Thanks.", the teenager replied with a bow as he shuffled quickly into the room. This room had the appearance of the typical principal's office, and Ryūnosuke was much less impressed by it appearance alone as he was by how boring it was compared to the other facilities he'd seen. "Well, make yourself comfortable. The Professor will be in shortly." The woman said as she closed the door behind the teenager and walked around to the front of the back of the office desk and leaned against the wall, beside a large framed map of Karakura. Ryūnosuke cleared his throat and helped himself to a seat. He didn't know were to look, so he pretended to observe the office setting, in doing so he discovered just how unremarkable the office was and also, that the attractive blonde woman was studying him from head to toe. The teenager shifted in he seat and faced the woman directly he tried to match her gaze and the woman simply chuckled as he did. "Careful, you'll make a lady blush.", the woman quipped. "Figured it'd be impolite to not return the favor.", Ryūnosuke replied confidently. "Hmm, touché", she chuckled again and crossed her arms. "Can't say I'm surprised, of course the boy who boldly took on the Baron alone would have some fire in him." The remark surprised Ryūnosuke, he was beginning to wonder just how many people knew about his battle with the monster known as Baron Quadhorn. "I didn't catch your name." Ryūnosuke stood up from his seat and held his hand, the gesture seemed to momentarily shock the woman but she quickly accepted the gesture and firmly shook Ryūnosuke's hand. "Tamura. Tamura Ryūnosuke.", he stated firmly. "Pleasure to meet you, Tamura-kun. I'm Sato Kiyoku, but I'm called 'Manager' around here." "And I am the Professor." a third voice stated as another person entered the office. Ryūnosuke turned to the door and met face to face with the professor. A man who wasn't much taller than himself, with neat combed back brown hair and round glasses. His nose was notably pointed and red at the tip. The Professor appeared to be a bit stocky under his garments, which consisted of a white lab-coat and had a grey suit. He wore a silver watch on his left wrist which drew the teenagers eyes to the Professor's oddly large hands. Ryūnosuke imagined the professor would make a great catcher if he played Baseball. The Professor was the one who offered his hand for a shake this time and Ryūnosuke seized it firmly without hesitation. "We've heard a lot about you, Tamura Ryūnosuke.", said the Professor with a charming smile. To Be Continued... ______________________________ WC|3,250 -----
  21. Rash ラシュ

    Welcome To WILD'S

    018: Trouble With The Law! ----- ___________________ ... RYŪNOSUKE took a moment to quickly study the appearances of the two men standing in front of his house door. The man to his right was a bit bulkier in figure but around the same height as the teenager himself. He was bald with a very stern expression and a neatly trimmed but defined chin strap beard. He wore a pair of shades that were tinted brown and hid the eyes that sat below his thick dark brows. The man held in his right hand a single gold coin that he simply flipped and caught as he stared directly at the teenager. Ryūnosuke couldn't help but pick up on the authoritative and imposing atmosphere that seemed to radiant through the man's admittedly impressive black suit. To the teenager's left, and markedly less commanding of presence was another man who --compared to Ryūnosuke and much more so to his assumed colleague-- was of a relatively average build from what the teenager could judge. However, he had strikingly orange hair upon which Ryūnosuke momentarily fixated; it subconsciously made the teenager more inclined to warm up to the man. He wore a gray suit and overall had a much more casual and aloft demeanor about himself. He also appeared to be several years younger than his coin-flipping partner. Perhaps he was less hardened by the trials and experiences that came with the territory of their line of work; which Ryūnosuke had already confirmed to be law enforcement officers, thanks to the badges both men currently wore around their necks. At that moment, Ryūnosuke found himself mentally thanking Nagashi for having taught him how to properly distinguish legitimate policeman badges from fake ones. He also knew what to look for as far as the protocol officers and detectives followed when identifying themselves at civilian residences. Ryūnosuke cleared his throat as he stood upright and crossed his arms. "Good morning.", the teenager greeted calmly. His eyes drifted towards the man to the left as he was the first to respond. "Good morning, young man." The man replied with a cordial smile as he and his colleague reached into their chest pockets and pulled out photo IDs which they promptly presented to Ryūnosuke as the man continued. "I'm Detective Kakaabi and this is my colleague, Detective Tamakawa. We're with the KPD. You must be Tamura Ryūnosuke, correct?" The photograph IDs were the verification Ryūnosuke needed and he nodded to the pair of officers as they returned the IDs to their pockets. "Yeah, I'm Ryūnosuke. Can I help you, detectives?" The teenager asked despite already having a good idea of what the detectives were most likely visiting for. He wondered if the masked guys who saved him last night called the incident in or maybe they worked with a secret police task-force. "Yes, actually, you can." Seito responded. "We're investigating an incident that took place last night. There was some destruction of town property and we're fishing for leads." Seito began to reach into his right pocket when Detective Tamakawa caught his coin and cut in, "Where were you last night, kid?", the detective asked bluntly. Ryūnosuke caught a distinct accusatory tone in the man's voice and allowed his gaze to fall coldly onto the officer. "I was out until around eleven." Ryūnosuke replied plainly. "Eleven o'clock, huh. That's pretty late, don't you think? What were you doing out at that hour?" The Detective returned, his tone no less incriminating. Ryūnosuke couldn't help but let out a shallow scoff. Recent history had given him some experience with egotistical officers and as he remembered correctly it didn't end well back then. "On my way home, actually." The teenager started. "I spent most of the day at the Elites Dome batting center. I didn't leave until nine-twenty. The daughter of the owner...Asano-san." ,Ryūnosuke recalled, "she saw me leave at that time." As he answered, the teenager noticed that Seito had paused with his hand half-way into his pocket. Kakaabi currently glanced at Tamakawa from the corner of his eye with an unmistakable curiosity. Tamakawa went on with his line of questioning. "We have security footage that shows you running towards the train station at nine-thirty. But you never enter the station or get on a train. You also don't appear on any other surveillance cameras in the area-" Ryūnosuke predicted the question that would be tied to the end of that revelation of fact and decided to save the detective and himself some time, "I didn't take the train. I overspent at the batting center and didn't have enough money for the fare." The teenager's words were sharp and concise. His demeanor exuded confidence and straightforwardness; but internally he was beginning to grow concerned. If the police had him on camera running from the train station was it possible they had other things on tape. Images of his battle with the monster named Baron Quadhorn flashed in Ryūnosuke's mind. He could feel that strange power, the ignition of that fire that burned within his very soul when he chose fight over flight and faced the monster head on. Furthermore, another thought struck the teenager; if the police had no footage of him after he passed the train station, how did they find his home? Ryūnosuke thought to ask this question, but he didn't want to come off as defensive until he determined the full extent of what the detectives knew. In the meantime, Ryūnosuke understood he had to be careful with what he said. He never had any intention of lying to the police --at most he intended to leave out a few details if necessary-- but he was now forced to assume the detectives knew everything until he could confirm otherwise. "Excuse me, Detectives. Am I currently a suspect?" "No, haha, you're not a suspect." Detective Kakaabi cut in firmly. There was a stress on the word 'not' that surprisingly seemed directed more towards Detective Tamakawa than it was the teenager. "We're just asking a few questions, is all." "Is there anyone who can confirm you arrived home when you say you did? Maybe a parent or siblings?", Detective Tamakawa continued. "No. I live here with my mom and she was already asleep." Ryūnosuke, turned to the orange-haired detective, "Detective Kakaabi, I'm more than happy to answer your questions, but I'm not sure I understand how I can help you find your guy." Ryūnosuke stated calmly. "Ah." Seito started as he reached fully into his pocket. "My colleague thought we should ask you about it because we found this-" Ryūnosuke's brow furrowed with shock and confusion as he observed the object Seito extracted from his pocket. Sealed in a clear plastic bag was unmistakably Ryūnosuke's wallet. "not far from the crime scene. Do you have any idea of how it might have gotten there?" "I guess, I must have dropped it while I was running home." Ryūnosuke explained. "I see. Well, did you see anything strange on your way there? Any suspicious characters, anything at all that could help us?", Seito asked as he returned the wallet to its owner. Ryūnosuke considered for a moment as he took the wallet from Seito, thanked the officer, and bowed his head. The teenager pondered on whether or not he should mention the monster. Even as the ever-present burning of Detective Tamakawa's glare at him compelled the teenager to a decided 'no' with every passing second. While he couldn't be certain of Detective Kakaabi's motives, it was clear that Tamakawa was more occupied with finding a culprit than uncovering all the facts. Having recent firsthand experience in being the subject of law enforcement ire, Ryūnosuke could sense that no matter what he said, he was already guilty in the eyes of at least one of the officers. The teenager had to weigh his options and the potential risks and ultimately decided to leave out the encounter with the other-worldly creature. "Sorry, I don't remember seeing anything out of the ordinary. It was pretty dark and I was in a rush to get home." "Nothing at all, are you sure?", Seito insisted. Ryūnosuke lightly frowned and shook his head. "Nothing.", he reaffirmed. His eyes drifted from Kakaabi towards Tamakawa whose stare still drilled into the teenager as his gold coin was perpetually flipped in his left hand. Seito nodded, "Well, I think that will be all. Wouldn't you agree, Detective Tamakawa?" Seito quickly handed out a card to the teenager, on it were the detective's name and contact information. "Tamura-kun, if you recall anything later, please give me a call." Ryūnosuke, received the card and nodded. "Sure thing, Detective Kakaabi. And thanks again for returning this.", the teenager tapped the card against the top of his wallet. "Just doing our job. Let's go, Detective Tamakawa." Ryūnosuke smiled warmly and bowed again. Seito was the first to turn and leave, as he started to walk away, Tamakawa paused and locked eyes with the teenager. "There is just one more thing." Tamakawa reached into his pocket and quickly flicked a small shiny object from it towards Ryūnosuke. The teenager reacted instinctively and caught the projectile, which had a cold metallic feel to it, in his fist. Turning his palm towards himself, Ryūnosuke felt his heart nearly stop as he stared --paralyzed with the realization that he'd been caught-- at the mangled and bent remains of a batting cage token. Although the metal token appeared to have been slightly melted out of shape, one could still make out the words "Elites Dome" inscribed on the surface. Ryūnosuke clenched his jaw behind his tightly pressed lips. From what he observed at his peripheral, it was obvious that Kakaabi was not clued in on the meaning of the interaction. Tamakawa on the other hand, his stern and serious expression were no more and the heavy foreboding grin that lined his face declared boastfully the word that detective needn't utter aloud. Ryūnosuke heard the word, clear as day, as the gold coin whirled upwards in from of the officer's face before descending flatly into his palm with a metallic pat. "Gotcha" Ryūnosuke swallowed hard and closed his right fist tightly around the token. "Stay safe out there, kid... and welcome to Karakura." Tamakawa said as he turned away and departed with his colleague. Ryūnosuke watched the two officer's enter a silver sedan, Seito walked around to the passenger's side while Tamakawa sat in the driver's seat. He didn't move until he saw the car drive off. Once the detectives were completely gone the teenager paced backwards through the doorway and shut the door behind him... ----- ... Detective Kakaabi Seito sat silently in the passenger's seat as detective Tamakawa pulled away from the Tamura residence and drove east, heading back in the direction of the police head-quarters. He reflected on their conversation with the teenager and occasionally glanced at Tamakawa who was silently grinning as he held the stirring wheel with a death grip; in his right hand he effortlessly rolled his gold coin between his fingers. By now Seito had a long list of questions; it started with why Tamakawa had asked him to tag along for this case --which was clearly just a regular Hollow attack that happened the night before. The last question on that list was what the Hell was that at the end between Tamakawa and the Tamura kid. Alas, it was clear to Kakaabi that Tamakawa seemed content with leaving him in the dark and that he wouldn't get answers unless he pried for them. It wasn't like him to do so and he was more than happy to tag along to help out where he could, but Tamakawa seemed to be withholding information that was vital to the case. "Ahem." Seito cleared his throat. "He seemed like a good kid.", he began. Tamakawa snickered. "Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe you know something I don't." Kakaabi finished and gave Tamakawa the floor to explain why he'd dealt with Ryūnosuke in the callous manner that he had. Tamakawa took the bait almost instantly. "Come on, Kakaabi. You felt that kid's Reiatsu as clear as I did." Tamakawa appeared to almost shudder at the thought of it. "He was practically a busted fire hydrant." Seito sighed. "Yeah, it was something... Still, having a lot of Reiatsu isn't a crime. I mean, even if we could prove he was the guy there last night, all it does is tell us he fought a Hollow and lived to talk about it." "He was there... I have no doubt about it. He's our guy and the Hollow wasn't just any Hollow." Tamakawa replied bluntly. "Open the glove box, there's a file in there." Seito raised a brow, then clicked the glove compartment open, and spotted the file. He extracted it as Tamakawa told him and with a nod from his colleague began to look through it. On the first page there was a sketch of a furred Hollow with serrated jaws on the surface of it's mask and four horns protruding from its shoulder and around it's head. "That's Baron Quadhorn, I'm sure you've heard of him." "Yeah, of course." Seito confirmed. "Real nasty bastard, up there with the big bads like the Quarterer. He's been terrorizing Karakura for months now, we know his preferred hunting grounds but he always manages to give us the slip. He come, stalks his prey, takes them out and then retreats to Hueco Mundo." "Wide range of hunting grounds that he targets at random. The number of officers 'equip' for this sort of thing are too few and far between to cover all his spots, especially when he isn't the only active predator. Means he gets away with it." Seito added, sharing a bit of what he knew about the infamous Baron Quadhorn from reports he'd seen in the past. "That's right. Until last night. Seems Baron Quadhorn targeted that Tamura kid and got one Hell of a surprise." "You think the Tamura kid took on Baron Quadhorn alone? He's got impressive Reiatsu, but it doesn't look like he's had any training or experience beyond that. Maybe he could put a fight, but that means the Baron would have really had to earn the feast." "The kid wasn't alone. Look at the next page.", Tamakawa replied. Seito flipped the page in the folder and his eyes fell on a photograph paper-clipped to a report. The photograph was of four blurred figures leaping between two rooftop silhouetted by the moonlight. The image was taken from the perspective of someone down in the alley between the two buildings. Squinting his eyes, Seito could make out masks over the faces of each of the individuals and it became clear to him, "WILD'S?", he asked. "WILD'S." Tamakawa affirmed. "There is no natural route that kid could have taken to get back to his house without being caught on at least half a dozen cameras. Suspiciously, all the cameras in the area momentarily stopped working. That seems to be the norm when those WILD'S punks are involved." "You think they made contact?" Seito inquired as he flipped through the rest of the folder and scanned through what Tamakawa had documented as the most recent WILD'S activity and its correlation to the Baron Quadhorn sightings. "I think they did, and I think this Tamura kid is the key to catching one of the biggest fish in this town." Saito looked out the window as he pondered on Tamakawa's words. He knew there was some history between Tamakawa and the WILD'S crew, but he wasn't sure how deep it ran. One thing was for certain; he had a feeling this wouldn't be the last he heard of this case or Tamura Ryūnosuke for a long time. To Be Continued... ______________________________ WC|2,630 -----
  22. Rash ラシュ

    A Savage Hunt

    006: The Akihiko 'Aiden' Kaine Job __________ [1-2]... Jin's eyes widened with anticipation as the barrel of Aiden's sniper rifle bloomed with a blue light that formed the limbs of a bow. The first two arrows fired deflected the two shots fired by Fangs. The two arrows rebounded off of the deflected bullets and scrapped across Jin's hip. [3-4] Nonetheless, as Fangs was already pre-aimed at Aiden's weapon, Jin needn't do more than simply return fire with two shots of his own at the last pair of arrows released from the makeshift crossbow. While the arrows served as a temporary distraction they did next to nothing in stopping the Savage Dragon's advance. [5-8] Jin's expression blossomed with a pearly white and sinister grin as he lined the barrel of the crossbow up with his shoulder and held it there as he looped his right arm over the length of the weapon and held it in place. This put no distance between his shoulder and the next bullet or arrow fired by Aiden would have nothing preventing it from going clean through Jin's shoulder, at the same time Jin raised his right knee and held it tightly over the chamber slot that was now void of a loaded cartridge. While this all occurred he turned the barrel of Claw to the left ever so slightly at a upwards angle, away from the inside of Aiden's Elbow and directly at the left side of his chest. In the other hand, having locked the shaft of the weapon in his arm Jin hand the barrel of Fangs pointed directly at the center of Akihiko's manubrium. Either of the two opponents could fire at any moment it was just a matter of seeing who would pull the trigger first and Jin didn't hesitate in the slightest. Jin started shooting as soon as both guns were in position, the entire maneuver would have taken no longer that a fraction of a second after the fourth arrow was loosed. Jin fired both weapons twice at the same time... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------- [ACTIONS] Savagery +1 = (28) Jin Loss 2 Clashes: [Arrow #1 Clash ND Cost: 160] [Arrow #2 Clash ND Cost: 160] [New ND: 920] Savagery gained from Loss Clashes +2 = (30) Fangs Normal Offensive Clash Gunshot #1 at Arrow #3. [Damage: 60 STR ] [Speed: 56] [Tied Clash ND Cost: 100 ND] [New ND: 820] Savagery +1 (31) Fangs Normal Offensive Clash Gunshot #2 at Arrow #4. [Damage: 60 STR ] [Speed: 56] [Tied Clash ND Cost: 100 ND] [New ND: 720] Savagery +1 (32) Fangs Gunshot #3 at Aiden's manubrium. [Damage: 30 STR (62 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Fangs Gunshot #4 at Aiden's manubrium. [Damage: 30 STR (62 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #1 at Aiden's left chest. [Damage: 30 STR (62 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #2 at Aiden's left chest. machinery. [Damage: 30 STR (62 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND|720 Savagery (32) Aiden loses ND from 2 Tied Clashes: 200 ND each. ____________________ WC|335
  23. Rash ラシュ

    A Savage Hunt

    005: The Akihiko 'Aiden' Kaine Job __________ [1-2]... Jin cackled in his charging fury as Aiden fired his rifle against his own attacks and the ricocheting bullets and sparks pelted him in his advance. He found it thrilling that Akihiko used a style of combat that wasn't too dissimilar to his own and it was clear that his enemy had the speed advantage. As the yellow and purple sparks and stray bits of metal whistled pass his body, Jin finally acknowledged his target's skill. "Haha!! Not bad, mixed egg! Not bad at all!" Jin shouted as a thin purple beam shot towards his face and grazed his left cheek and left a small cut that drew a bit of blood. Still, the Savage Dragon drove forwards. [3-4] Without breaking vision of his target, Jin pursued Akihiko to the edge of the rooftop. He stopped only when he had one foot on the ledge and was looking straight at Aiden the airborne Aiden. Jin grinned widely and fired Fangs twice at Aiden's groin just as he too gathered momentum in his leading Right foot and kicked off towards Aiden, using his strength the launch himself forwards directly towards his target. All the while the barrel of Fangs now remained pointed at and following the barrel of Aiden's barrel. "You wanna fly? Let's fly, chicken's bitch!", Jin roared hoarsely. [5-6] Jin intended to close the distance between himself and Aiden as rapidly as possible. As he blistered towards Aiden, he had Claw pointed outwards and aimed for the mechanic arm. The took two shoots; the first at the inside of the bend of the elbow and the second up towards the middle of the bicep. The purpose of these shots was to prevend Aiden getting any smart ideas about putting the arm in his way. [7-8] Should he be allowed to get within arm's reach of Aiden, Jin would slide is right arm inwards and plant the barrel of Claw snugly into Aiden's shoulder, right in the place he imagined the machinery that kept the arm connected to the rest of Aiden's body was situated. He would then fight Claw twice more, directly into the shoulder components with the intention of compromising the hardware and also giving Aiden a bitter taste of his own medicine. If he was unable to close the distance completely the barrel of Claw would remain fixed on Aiden's left arm as the two opponents were still in the air... --------------------------- [ACTIONS] Savagery +1 = (24) Jin Loss 3 Clashes: [Visionary Clash ND Cost: 160] [Charged Bullet Clash ND Cost: 180] [Resource Charged Bullet Clash ND Cost: 200] [New ND: 1,240] Savagery gained from Loss Clashes +3 = (27) Fangs Gunshot #1 at Aiden's groin. [Damage: 30 STR (57 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Fangs Gunshot #2 at Aiden's groin. [Damage: 30 STR (57 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #1 at the inside of Aiden's left elbow. [Damage: 30 STR (57 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #2 at the middel of Aiden's left bicep. [Damage: 30 STR (57 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #3 at Aiden's left shoulder machinery. [Damage: 30 STR (57 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #4 at Aiden's left shoulder machinery. [Damage: 30 STR (57 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND|1,240 Savagery (27) ____________________ WC|405
  24. Rash ラシュ

    A Savage Hunt

    004: The Akihiko 'Aiden' Kaine Job __________ [1]... Jin had already pulled the triggers when Akihiko aimed his rifle and fired at his chest again.The hitman barely caught the muzzle flash of the shot as he felt a force smack into the blunt end of Claw with a loud PING before there was suddenly a sharp pain in his right thigh. The bullet fired by Aiden luckily missed his chest only due to the fact that Jin was obstructing its path with his guns. Still the bullet ricocheted off of Claw and embedded itself into Jin's right leg. "TĀ MĀ DE, WÁNG BĀ DÀN!", he roared gruffly. Jin was of course irritated that Akihiko shot him; but what really infuriated the drunken hitman Quincy to absolutely no end was the fact that this mixed egg bastard had the audacity to hit his baby girl, Claw. [2-4] Despite being shot, Jin kept his eyes open and his guns pointed directly at the target and even raised them as Aiden leaped upwards. The Savage Dragon did not hesitate in the slightest and started to charge forwards as soon as Akihiko's feet were off the ground. In pure Chaotic Jin fashion, he intended to rush Aiden and force the chicken's bitch to face him head on. And now he had the tactical advantage. As he charged forwards Jin raised Fangs upwards to where he predicted the peak of Aiden's leap would be and fired three shots back-to-back shots. "Eat that, bitch!" The prediction was that all three shots should hit Aiden's forehead dead-center. The realty was only the first shot had any chance of being a headshot, as the recoil --and drunkenness-- caused Jin's left arm to sway a bit downwards to the left. The second two shot would land in Aiden's right collar bone, if anywhere at all. [5-7] Meanwhile the movement of of his right arm was much more deliberate. Jin hovered Claw steadily below Fangs and fire two shots in rapid succession. The first about 2 inches to Akihiko's right and the second to 3 inches to his left-- Jin perceived them as being only an inch apart, but his measurements were of course wrong. Neither of these shots would have any chance of hitting the target unless he moved in into their trajectory. Finally, Jin pointed the barrel of Claw directly at Aiden's rifle in anticipation of a likely counterattack... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------- [ACTIONS] Savagery +1 = (23) Partial Blocked Aiden's Reiryoku Bullet (60 REI) [ND Cost: 260] [New ND: 1,680] Fangs Gunshot #1 at Aiden's forehead. [Damage: 30 STR (53 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Fangs Gunshot #2 at Aiden's right collarbone. [Damage: 30 STR (53 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Fangs Gunshot #3 at Aiden's right collarbone. [Damage: 30 STR (53 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #1 Two inches to Aiden's right. [Damage: 30 STR (53 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #2 Three inches to Aiden's left. [Damage: 30 STR (53 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND|1,680 Savagery (23) ____________________ WC|395
  25. Rash ラシュ

    A Savage Hunt

    003: The Akihiko 'Aiden' Kaine Job __________ ... Jin continued to follow Akihiko's movement as the target rolled forward and dodged all his shots. "This bastard's got the happy feet!", the Quincy announced out loud to his twin handguns as Akihiko slung his rifle forwards and loaded it. [1] Jin reacted to that immediately and dived to the right at an angle, and dodging the sniper round as it whistles past his ear. Jin took a knee and slid a bit forwards and aligned the iron sights of Fangs in his right hand with Akihiko's infamous left arm, while Claw remained shakily unreliably aimed at Akihiko's Chest. [2-5] Jin fired two shots with Fangs, both would hit Aiden's mechanical bicep. Jin wanted to see what would happen if he targeted the arm. He'd like if it just got two hole blown through it and that was the end of that, but his hopes weren't high. At the same time that he fired Claw he pulled the trigger on Fangs and two bullets blistered towards Akihiko's chest. [6-7] The hitman then sprung to his full height and sprinted a few paces forwards, he fired another round from each of his guns aimed at Akihiko's left thigh to cover his movement. The idea wasn't just to close the distance between them but to also study Akihiko's reactions. No matter how Akihiko chose to move Jin would keep his guns pointed at the target... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------- [ACTIONS] Savagery +1 = (22) Full Dodged Aiden's Reiryoku Bullet (60 REI) [ND Cost: 160] [New ND: 1,940] Claw Gunshot #1 at Aiden's mechanical bicep. [Damage: 30 STR (52 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #2 at Aiden's mechanical bicep. [Damage: 30 STR (52 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Fangs Gunshot #1 at Aiden's chest. [Damage: 30 STR (52 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Fangs Gunshot #2 at Aiden's chest. [Damage: 30 STR (52 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Claw Gunshot #3 at Aiden's left thigh. [Damage: 30 STR (52 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] Fangs Gunshot #3 at Aiden's left thigh. [Damage: 30 STR (52 For Clashes)] [Speed: 56] --------------------------- [TURN END STATS] ND| 1,940 Savagery (22) ____________________ WC|235
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